Fast Track City Press Release

Fast-Track Cities: Accelerating Atlanta’s AIDS Response


SisterLove Inc. and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) are co-sponsoring a Town Hall Reception on Atlanta becoming a Fast-Track City. The reception will take place on Monday, June 18th at 6:30 P.M at the AmericasMart Convention Center, 240 Peachtree St NW Suite K, Atlanta, GA 30303. The reception will feature an overview of the Fast-Track Cities initiative, a global initiative of over 250 municipalities committed to accelerating their local AIDS responses, which will be delivered by Dr. José M. Zuniga., President/Chief Executive Officer of IAPAC. Stakeholders from three Fast-Track Cities, Oakland, Denver, and New Orleans, will be in attendance to share their experiences and engage in dialogue with Atlanta colleagues on progress they have made as a Fast-Track City. The reception will conclude with an update on the Atlanta/Fulton County HIV/AIDS Strategy and a community discussion on Atlanta’s next steps as a potential Fast-Track City.



BACKGROUND

What are Fast-Track Cities?

Fast-Track Cities is a global partnership between high HIV burden cities and four core partners - The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), and the City of Paris.


Since its launch on World AIDS Day 2014 in the City of Paris, over 250 municipalities in every region of the world have signed the Paris Declaration on Fast-Track Cities Ending the AIDS Epidemic, pledging to accelerate their local AIDS responses to achieve the following targets by 2020:


90% of people living with HIV (PLHIV) knowing their HIV status

90% of PLHIV who know their HIV-positive status on antiretroviral therapy (ART)

90% of PLHIV on ART achieving viral suppression

Zero stigma and discrimination


Current US Fast-Track Cities:


Baltimore, Baton Rouge. Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Denver, Miami, Minneapolis, New York City, New Orleans, Oakland, Phoenix, Providence, San Antonio, San Francisco, Washington DC,

For more information on the Fast-Track Cities Initiative, please visit http://www.iapac.org/cities/.


About SisterLove, Inc. (SLI) the oldest women-centered HIV and sexual/ reproductive health organization in the Southeastern United States.


About IAPAC The International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) represents more than 30,000 clinicians and allied health care professionals in over 150 countries. Its mission is to improve the quality of and increase access to HIV prevention, care, treatment, and support services for men, women, and children affected by and living with HIV and comorbid conditions (e.g., tuberculosis, viral hepatitis). For more information about IAPAC and its 30-year history of marshaling the health professions to end the AIDS epidemic, please visit www.iapac.org.




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