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 transmissions 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.
The Getting to Zero Illinois plan was made possible through the efforts of our five planning committees dedicated to addressing essential components of the planning . Our planning committees included Housing, Communications, Social Determinants of Health, Health Care Access, and Research, Evaluation and Data.
On Dec. 3, 2018, the GTZ-IL team released a 28-page draft plan for review and community feedback at a World AIDS Day event at Chicago’s DuSable Museum of African American History. The GTZ-IL project received more than 300 unique ideas, comments and suggestions for the draft plan from people from across Illinois between Dec. 3, 2018, and Jan. 25, 2019. That feedback was carefully considered and incorporated into the final version of the plan, which was officially released on May 14, 2019.
HIV IN ILLINOIS
In 2017, an estimated
people were living with HIV in Illinois
New HIV transmissions in Illinois dropped by nearly
over the decade from 2006-2017
Illinois has nearly
perinatal HIV transmission
Of people living with HIV in Illinois, at least
were covered by Medicaid or the health insurance marketplace in 2017.
Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men made up
of persons living with HIV in the state in 2017
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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.”