California: San Francisco AIDS Foundation Seeks 50 Percent Cut in HIV by 2015
May 18, 2009
Cutting the city's annual tally of 800 to 1,000 new HIV infections in half by 2015 is the goal recently set by the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Toward that end, SFAF wants all residents ages 13-64 to know their serostatus, and all HIV-positive people to receive appropriate primary care and treatment.
Halving infections assumes in part that ongoing clinical trials prove the viability of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among high-risk populations. Results from PrEP studies, in which HIV-negative participants take antiretrovirals to prevent infection, could be released as early as June. In addition, City Clinic and the SFAF-funded Magnet clinic in the Castro are using ribonucleic acid (RNA) testing to discover the most recently acquired HIV infections.
SFAF's goals will also be partly determined by the May 19 special election, as ballot measures to shore up the state budget also impact public health funding. Some substance abuse and mental health services could be cut under the health department's plan to balance its budget. The city is required to have a signed balanced budget by June 30.
Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco)
05.14.2009; Matthew S. Bajko
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.