At the Monday, May 11, 2015 Alice General membership Meeting, Alice unanimously approved DCCC member Matt Dorsey’s resolution below:
Resolution supporting the ‘Getting to Zero’ Consortium’s strategic plan on HIV/AIDS in San Francisco
WHEREAS, San Francisco has long been a global epicenter on HIV/AIDS—not simply in terms of infections and deaths, but in groundbreaking public health and social services strategies that have effectively slowed the rate of HIV transmission and helped generations of San Franciscans living with HIV/AIDS meet the myriad challenges they face; and WHEREAS, San Francisco’s Getting to Zero Consortium unveiled on December 1, 2014, World AIDS Day of last year, a strategic plan to make San Francisco the first jurisdiction to succeed in “Getting to Zero” on HIV—meaning zero new HIV infections, zero stigma, and zero deaths—and that achieving this goal, now within our city’s reach, would be among the most hopeful and significant milestones in the history of the HIV/AIDS pandemic; and
WHEREAS, Getting to Zero’s inaugural three-part strategy seeks: (1) to expand access to pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommends as “a powerful HIV prevention tool” for at-risk populations; (2) to increase the reach of San Francisco’s pioneering RAPID program, an internationally-embraced model to test and immediately treat HIV-positive individuals; and (3) to ensure retention in care those living with HIV/AIDS as well as those at risk for it, to suppress viral loads among HIV-positive San Franciscans and significantly reduce the risk of HIV transmission, and to maximize the availability and long-term effective use of all recommended prevention strategies for HIV-negative San Franciscans at risk for infection.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee praises the leadership of three of its own members—Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener, and Director of HOPE and Getting to Zero consortium member Bevan Dufty—to further the aims of Getting to Zero; and expresses gratitude to Mayor Ed Lee, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and S.F. Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia for their support for Getting to Zero, and for their commitment to maintain existing efforts (the foundation of the Getting to Zero initiative) by back-filling federal and state cuts to HIV/AIDS programs; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee commits to include a question about support for Getting to Zero on its questionnaire for local candidates seeking the Democratic Party’s endorsement; and supports the Getting to Zero Coalition’s aspirational strategy as one worthy of our City’s decades-long leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and one whose success would appropriately honor the more than 20,000 San Franciscans lost to HIV/AIDS since the advent of the pandemic nearly 35 years ago.
Submitted by: Matt Dorsey. Co-sponsors: