The people with the power are the people living with HIV!Long-Term SurvivorThe Living Center
We need safe spaces to talk about sex in the community.Community AdvocateBaystate Health
People have competing needs and HIV testing is not at the top of their priority list.Long-Term SurvivorGreater New Bedford Community Health Center
Racial justice needs to be at the heart of HIV work, it needs to start there.Community AdvocateCodman Square Health Center
We need to be able to provide the same supportive services to HIV-positive and HIV-negative persons.Peer NavigatorAIDS Project Worcester
By 2020, 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
By 2020, 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
By 2020, 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression.
As of 2012 we now have a safe and effective daily pill anyone can take to protect themselves from contracting HIV (PrEP), plus an emergency combination of pills that can be taken up to 72 hours after exposure to HIV that will prevent infection (PEP).
Still 20% of people living with HIV are unaware of their status, getting tested simply means learning how to get treated to stay healthy and to prevent new infections. HIV is only dangerous if you don’t know it’s there.
Making HIV and all STI services attractive to patients is the job of everyone, linking, engaging, and retaining both negative and positive individuals in care prevents new infections.
Getting To Zero in Massachusetts Requires State Wide Involvement
“Using recent state data, this map shows the top ten cities in Massachusetts with the greatest number of HIV infection diagnoses within the years 2011-2013 (N=2,104).
Collectively, these top ten cities only account for 56% of total new infections for this time period. Boston bears the greatest burden of new infections, but only accounts for 28% of the total, so it is vital to engage cities and rural areas from across the state to see the reductions we know are possible.”