​​ ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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City Council Votes to Have Phoenix Join National “90-90-90” Effort to End AIDS as Public Health ThreatCity Council Votes to Have Phoenix Join National “90-90-90” Effort to End AIDS as Public Health Threat<div class="ExternalClassC08E5E4196E54AD69B6EC0297CE4A008"><table cellspacing="0" width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-default"><tbody><tr><td class="ms-rteTable-default" style="width:100%;"><p>The Phoenix City Council today voted to join the Fast-Track Cities Initiative aimed at ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. The Initiative -- approved by a 7 to 0 vote – will build upon, strengthen and leverage existing HIV-related programs and resources. The City Council also approved the creation of a new management assistant II position to oversee this initiative and another on age-friendly cities.  Phoenix is the 11<sup>th</sup> Fast-Track City in the United States.</p><p>"There does not need to be one new AIDS infection in Phoenix, it's a public health crisis that our community can and will eradicate," said Mayor Greg Stanton. "We have had tremendous success with treatment, therapies and education, but this is no time for complacency. This is a time to redouble our efforts to educate the public – without stigma -- on how HIV is spread and educate those who have contracted on how to get treatment and stay in treatment." </p><p>Mayor Stanton has appointed Councilmembers Laura Pastor and Daniel Valenzuela to co-chair the initiative in Phoenix, which is framed around a five-element implementation plan to reach the following "90-90-90" targets: 90 percent of people living with HIV know their status; 90 percent of HIV positive people are on antiretroviral therapy; and 90 percent are achieving viral suppression. As a step toward the 2030 milestone to end AIDS as a public health threat, Fast-Track Cities agree to meet the 90-90-90 goals by 2020.</p><p>According to AIDSVu, an online database of state and county data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2013, 289 of every 100,000 people in Maricopa County were living with diagnosed HIV.</p><p>"This initiative holds out the hope of ending AIDS as a public health threat in Phoenix," Councilwoman Pastor said. "It also shows our commitment to serve all our residents and make Phoenix a place where all feel welcome and all are safe from discrimination."<br> <br>"The Fast-Track Cities Initiative aims to strengthen and leverage existing HIV programs through education and public awareness to overcome AIDS as a public health threat," Councilman Valenzuela said. "By taking a global lead on this initiative the city of Phoenix is not only setting an ambitious goal to significantly reduce the AIDS epidemic, but also reduce to zero the negative impact of discrimination and stigma associated with HIV and AIDS."</p><p>The initiative addresses key aspects necessary for a robust city-wide AIDS response that promotes continuum of care of HIV diagnosis to viral suppression including process and oversight; monitoring and evaluation; program and interventions; communications and resource mobilization.</p><p>The baseline assessment and creation of the plan would require the coordination and collaboration of multiple community stakeholders. There are a number of public agencies currently providing primary medical care and essential support services for PLHIV in Maricopa County, which include: Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS, Maricopa Integrated Health System, Maricopa Health Foundation, Aunt Rita's Foundation, Ryan White Planning Council, HIVAZ, and HIV Care Directions. </p><p>The new staff position will ensure the city of Phoenix successfully merges this new network with existing programs. In addition, the action steps identified would require oversight to ensure the goals are met. This is similar to the successful models for My Brother's Keeper, Domestic Violence and Human Trafficking effort coordination and action plan development. </p></td></tr></tbody></table></div>10/25/2016 11:00:00 PMDavid Urbinato602-495-5405