Print Posted on 11/01/2016

Phoenix joins the UN 90 90 90 Initiative to end the HIV Epidemic

Phoenix joins the UN 90 90 90 Initiative to end the HIV Epidemic

On October 25th, the Phoenix City Council unanimously voted to join the Fast Track Initiative making Phoenix the 11th U.S. City to join.  I couldn’t be more proud of the support that is being given by the Mayor and the entire City Council.  We truly have a chance to end the HIV epidemic.  Here in Phoenix, we are already close to achieving the first 90.  We currently have 85% of the HIV Positive People identified.  I believe that it is the second 90 that will be the most difficult.  We currently have about 50% of HIV Positive people in care.  There are a number of reasons why people are not in care.  Most of them relate to poverty, homelessness, and substance abuse.  In order to achieve this second 90, we must tackle the underlying reasons why people are not in care.   If we do not, we cannot be successful.  The last 90 becomes easier, however, remains difficult to obtain since we currently do not have a way of tracking individuals that fall out of care.  If we don’t know that they are no longer in care, it is impossible to return them to care.  These 90 90 90 goals are lofty, but achievable and have become more achievable here in Phoenix with the recent vote in the Phoenix City Council.