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Tempe becomes a Fast Track City to help end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030

Post Date:02/22/2019 11:00 AM
The City of Tempe is now a Fast Track City, working to end AIDS as a public health threat in cities by 2030. 

The Fast Track Cities Initiative asks that cities work to help people know their HIV status, receive treatment and are not discriminated against. Goals include:
• Zero stigma and discrimination against those with HIV/AIDS
• 90 percent of people living with HIV know their HIV status 
• 90 percent of people living with HIV who are HIV-positive status are on antiretroviral therapy  
• 90 percent of people living with HIV achieve viral suppression through treatment

Fast Track Cities is a global partnership between cities and municipalities around the world and four core partners, including International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. The partnership consists of more than 250 local governments. Tempe will be the 22nd city in America to join the partnership of communities that have signed the Paris Declaration. 

From the Paris Declaration, "Cities have long been at the forefront of responding to AIDS. Working together, cities can take local actions for global impact. Leveraging our reach, infrastructure and human capacity, cities will build a more equitable, inclusive, prosperous and sustainable future for all of our residents—regardless of gender, age, social and economic status or sexual orientation." 

Visit www.fast-trackcities.org to see a list of cities from around the world that are working to end AIDS as a health epidemic.

Mayor Mark Mitchell, Vice Mayor Lauren Kuby and Councilmember Jennifer Adams are on the working group that brought this forward.

“Tempe values all our residents and wants to help ensure a high quality of life for everyone," Mayor Mitchell said. "In Arizona, it is estimated that there are over 8,000 cases of HIV and AIDS. By becoming a Fast Track City and in partnership with community groups like Aunt Rita’s Foundation, we can work toward an end to this disease.” 

Staff will form an internal working group that will include healthcare centers, non-profit organizations, first responders and more. For more information, please contact Kristin Gwinn at kristin_gwinn@tempe.gov or 480-350-8916. 
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