San Francisco fights back against HIV in a continuous effort to become the first city to have the number of new infections or deaths caused by the virus down to zero.
- San Francisco is making efforts to become the first U.S. city with zero new cases of HIV infection.
- The city has constantly supported the treatment programs despite government funding being cut.
- HIV infection rates have gone up in other parts of the country in the last few years.
In order to accomplish this goal, the city of San Francisco has put up another $ 1.2 million to fund their efforts to get people enrolled in the treatment program that the city has set up. In recent years, the city has strived to get people properly diagnosed, include them into the program and ensuring they keep beneficiating of the care they were being offered.
Many other cities have joined the fight against the deadly virus and have pledged to join the project, planning to meet the challenge by 2030. San Francisco wants to be the first to accomplish the task and has set up a strategy in order to do so.
The city of San Francisco took part in the first pilot studies for a preventive therapy called Pre-exposure Prophylaxis and is now leading the country in the usage of this type of therapy. The city had already committed $ 54 million to fighting HIV at the beginning of this fiscal year and announced that it will put up another $ 1.2 million to help the process.
It is now relying on two major courses of action in order to help people affected by the virus. One of the initiatives is getting people suffering with HIV into an antiretroviral treatment program much faster than before, sometimes the same day they are diagnosed. With this type of treatment the level of HIV in the blood is reduced and this makes the virus harder to transmit.
The other is based on increasing the use and expanding the reach of the HIV prevention pill called Truvada. The pill has been under some scrutiny, as some people who took the treatment have since used condoms less during intercourse and, as a result, have contracted other sexually transmitted diseases. However, none of them contracted HIV.
Studies have shown that the treatment is very successful in preventing people from becoming infected, being 90 percent effective in this case when used every day.
San Francisco has been fighting the spread of HIV with everything it has. Even if government funding has been cut in recent years and infection rates have gone up in other counties, San Francisco has constantly supplied the missing funds in an effort to aid the care programs in existence.