Miami-Dade County to create ''Getting to Zero'' action plan for tackling HIV/AIDS in the community
Miami-Dade County, in partnership with the Florida Department of Health and the Miami-Dade HIV Partnership, will host the first meeting of the Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS “Getting to Zero” Task Force tomorrow, September 30. The Task Force was created to develop an action plan to address HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade County.
Over the next two years, the Task Force plans to reduce the reported AIDS case rate; reduce the percentage of newly diagnosed HIV cases among residents ages 13-19; increase the percentage of newly identified HIV-infected persons who are linked to care within 90 days of diagnosis and are receiving appropriate preventive care and treatment services in Miami-Dade County; and reduce reported new HIV cases in Miami-Dade.
“The health and safety of our community is my top priority as Mayor of Miami-Dade County,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “I look forward to working together with our local partners to end HIV/AIDS, and to build a healthier Miami-Dade County for all Miamians."
“Getting to zero HIV infections in Miami-Dade should be everyone's concern," said Eddie Orozco, chair of the Miami-Dade HIV Partnership.
“We look forward to the work of Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS “Getting to Zero” Task Force. We thank Mayor Gimenez for his leadership on this effort,” said Lillian Rivera, administrator and health officer for the Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County. “We welcome the members of the Task Force that have accepted the challenge to develop a blueprint to end the epidemic. Working together we will be able to develop a multiple prong approach to address HIV/AIDS in Miami-Dade and get to zero cases.”