Chicago Aims to Eliminate New HIV Cases through “Getting to Zero” Initiative

On September 19, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support for a new collaborative effort to finally eliminate new diagnoses of HIV in Chicago and throughout the state in just ten years. The new “Getting To Zero” (GTZ) initiative includes two key tenets: first, increasing the use of prevention medications among those most vulnerable to the disease; second, ensuring that 70% of all people living with HIV receive the necessary medication to reduce their viral load, which significantly reduces the risk of transmission. GTZ is a collective effort of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and 10 community organizations and hospitals.

Read the full press release and learn more here.

About Kim Rodgers

Kim Rodgers serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in infectious disease and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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