Support for Funding the City of Minneapolis' Fast Track Plan to End AIDS

Mayor Frey and City Council Members,

I’m writing to urge your support for $50,000 in the Mayor’s proposed 2020 Budget to implement the City’s Fast Track Plan to End AIDS. We have the tools to end HIV today and we need Minneapolis to be part of the solution.

In March 2018, the City signed onto the Fast Track Cities Declaration to End the AIDS Epidemic, knowing that we can stop all new HIV infections and avert AIDS-related deaths. The Declaration acknowledged that every person in our city must have access to life-saving HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support.

While the rate of new HIV infections has remained unchanged in Minnesota over the past decade with roughly 300 new infections each year, HIV diagnoses are not evenly distributed.

In Minneapolis alone, 92 people have been diagnosed with HIV in the past year for a total of 3,134 people living with HIV/AIDS in the city of Minneapolis, accounting for 37% of all people living with HIV in the state. We also know that HIV disproportionately affects gay/bisexual men and people of color and is exacerbated by social determinants of health such as homelessness, unemployment, chemical dependency, and mental health.

The Fast Track goals are:

  • 90% of people living with HIV/AIDS will be aware of their status
  • 90% of those diagnosed with HIV get on antiretroviral therapy
  • 90% of people on HIV medication achieve viral suppression
  • Zero HIV stigma and discrimination in our city.

The coordination of resources, data and action to address HIV is crucial to ending the epidemic and Minneapolis has long been at the forefront of responding to the AIDS epidemic. For the past year, community-based organizations, including JustUs Health, have worked with the City’s Health Department staff to implement the Fast Track plan in Minneapolis. The $50,000 proposed in the Mayor’s budget would allow this important work to move forward.

Sincerely,
Jeremy Hanson Willis, CEO

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