State health department joins Denver in efforts to end AIDS epidemic
Mark Salley, Communications Director | 303-692-2013 | firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 1, 2015
DENVER— The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment today joins Gov. John Hickenlooper and the city and county of Denver in its efforts to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030 through the Fast Track Cities Initiative.
The governor’s World AIDS Day Proclamation endorses the initiative (also known as the 90-90-90 Paris Declaration) and issues a call to action meet the initiative’s goals.
In August, Denver became the fourth North American city to sign on to the the initiative. Denver has agreed to achieve the following by 2020:
- Ninety percent of its people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
- Ninety percent of its people who are HIV-positive will be on treatment.
- Ninety percent of its people on treatment will have suppressed viral loads.
The initiative also calls for an end to discrimination, including stigma.
The state health department is working with the Colorado HIV Alliance for Prevention, Care and Treatment to realize the goals of the statewide strategy on HIV/AIDS, and joins the Denver Office of HIV Resources, the HIV Resources Planning Council and Denver Public Health in their commitment to the Fast Track Cities Initiative. Efforts include expanding HIV testing and prevention services, expanding HIV care and adherence to treatment, and working to end discrimination.
“We now have the tools at our disposal to reach these goals,” said Mel Mattson, who leads the STI/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Branch at CDPHE. “We all will work together to best leverage our resources, and incorporate the 90/90/90 goals into our broader Colorado HIV/AIDS strategy.”
Today is the 28th World AIDS Day. This year’s theme, “The Time to Act Is Now,” underscores the need to implement the latest evidence-based HIV prevention strategies. Those include pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and highly effective HIV treatment.