On September 19, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his support for a new collaborative effort to finally eliminate new diagnoses of HIV in Chicago and throughout the state in just ten years. The new “Getting To Zero” (GTZ) initiative includes two key tenets: first, increasing the use of prevention medications among those most vulnerable to the disease; second, ensuring that 70% of all people living with HIV receive the necessary medication to reduce their viral load, which significantly reduces the risk of transmission. GTZ is a collective effort of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and 10 community organizations and hospitals.
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