Getting to Zero Illinois is a state-wide initiative to end the HIV epidemic in the state by 2030. Through partnerships with community-based organizations, health care providers, government agencies, people living with HIV and others, we can dramatically shift HIV in Illinois. AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the Illinois and Chicago Departments of Public Health coordinate the Getting to Zero Illinois project.
GOAL & VISION
We want to make sure that the HIV epidemic is no longer able to sustain itself by achieving both HIV prevention and access to care goals.
We want to see:
1. Zero new HIV infections
2. Zero people living with HIV who are not receiving treatment
Through increasing access and uptake of PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis), retaining more people living with HIV in care and the continued funding of ongoing supportive services, we can get to zero.
Getting to Zero Illinois is made possible through the efforts of our five planning committees dedicated to addressing essential components of the planning process.
The Getting to Zero Illinois plan is still in the works! We are currently in the process of evaluating community input from 9 town halls hosted in every region across the state, 8 focus groups with people most affected by HIV and over 300 online and paper surveys collected from participants interested in the Getting to Zero Illinois initiative.
HIV IN ILLINOIS
In 2015, an estimate
people were living with HIV in Illinois
New HIV cases in Illinois dropped by nearly
over the decade from 2006-2015
Illinois has nearly
mother-to-child HIV transmission
of people living with HIV in the state are covered by the ACA and Medicaid
Gay, bisexual and other men who sleep with men made up
of persons living with HIV in the state in 2015
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All GTZ-IL partners are dedicated to ending the HIV epidemic in Illinois by 2030. Each organization plays an active role in the planning and implementation process.
VOICES FROM OUR COMMUNITY
- Chris Wade, co-chair of the GTZ-IL Social Determinants of Health committee
“I do the work that I do as a passion; not only to ensure that the voices of people living with HIV/AIDS don’t get lost in the mix, but to educate my community, my peers and my family about the history of HIV/AIDS in America, particularly in communities of color.”
- Dr. Oluwatoyin Adeyemi, co-chair of the GTZ-IL Health Care Access committee
“As a clinician-researcher I am passionate about understanding and addressing barriers and inequities people face in accessing and navigating the healthcare system. I am excited to be part of this incredible team working on our state’s plan of getting to zero new HIV infections while optimizing the well-being of those living with or vulnerable to HIV.”