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What Do We Need to Do to "Get to Zero"?

November 21, 2011


Helen Miramontes

Helen Miramontes, Retired Nurse, Las Vegas, N.V.

I don't think there's one single thing we can do. I think there's a combination of them. And it means that we've got to have access for people to treatment, and education, and support. People need to be comfortable with getting tested, having access to treatment, and getting on treatment . . . and then keeping them in treatment. That's the other thing: It's not only getting them into treatment; we've got to be able to keep them in treatment.

Therefore, I think that if we can do that with everyone that is infected, we can certainly decrease the potential of transmission to other people. But we've got to get people comfortable with that. We can't just say we're going to test everybody. We have to get people willing to be tested. And many people aren't, because they don't want to know, because of the stigma.

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