New HIV cases have dropped by 28% from 2006 to 2015, mother-to-child HIV transmission has been nearly eliminated, and there are fewer than 1,000 cases a year in Chicago for the first time in two decades.
With health care access expanded under the Affordable Care Act, powerful medications that make it so people living with HIV cannot transmit the virus to others, and the HIV prevention pill PrEP, we can Get to Zero in our state.
What does “getting to zero” mean? For our purposes, it means Zero new HIV infections and Zero people living with HIV who are not on treatment. Getting to zero would advance our HIV prevention and our HIV treatment and care goals.
Learn more about what Getting to Zero means with our one-page fact sheet.
In July 2016, a small group of people living with HIV, advocates, service providers and government officials met to explore a plan to dramatically impact the course of the HIV epidemic in Illinois. The group was inspired by efforts in other areas, such as New York, San Francisco, and Washington state.
Participants agreed that it was critical to explore a Getting to Zero plan for Illinois. To kick off the process, the group set up teams to gather community input, engage key stakeholders, and develop a framework for the plan.
The result of this year-long project is the Getting to Zero Framework. Please read and share this document with your community. The Illinois Getting to Zero Community Engagement Committee conducted several presentations to share the Framework and garner feedback from community members. Read the community feedback analysis here.
This group consisted of representatives from the following agencies, universities and community-based organizations:
AIDS Foundation of Chicago
Alexian Brothers Housing and Health Alliance
Center on Halsted
Chicago Black Gay Men’s Caucus
Chicago Department of Public Health
Howard Brown Health
Illinois Department of Public Health
Illinois Public Health Association
Lake County Health Department
Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center
University of Chicago
How can you get involved?
• Add your name to our list of interested parties so you can be kept up to date on GTZ activities on a regular basis.
• Participate in our community engagement sessions, which will take place in the form of town hall meetings, a web-based survey and focus groups. Once planned, we will list community engagement events on this page.
• Volunteer to join one of our workgroups, which will be established in the fall of 2017.