“Oakland struggles with many of the same social determinants of health that have made the HIV epidemic in the Southern United States so horrific. Dub City suffers from income inequality, social stigma, lack of insurance, access to care, and limited local investment in its HIV response. As community-based organizations, research institutions, healthcare facilities, government, and industry partners collaborate to reach our 90-90-90 targets, we must remember that the community members most at-risk for HIV infection are more than numbers. HIV is not most people’s primary concern. It is imperative that our response be holistic in nature and not solely focused on promoting biomedical interventions to reduce new infections.”
Community Leadership Messages
“We are really happy to be part of the global Fast Track Cities Initiative. Oakland is a community with a long history of responding to tough problems and making a way forward out of difficult circumstances. While we may be under-resourced in terms of dollars and HIV specific health and community support agencies, we have a spirit of community collaboration and a long history of working together to bring about lasting change. Nothing beats the Oakland activism legacy. We will achieve the UN 90-90-90 targets and reach the three zeros by 2030.”
"Oakland is one of the most diverse cities in the nation. In Oakland and the surrounding counties of Alameda and Contra Costa, we face serious disparities in access to education, prevention, and treatment services for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections. In coordination with the Fast-Track Cities initiative, we are excited to launch East Bay Getting to Zero, a collaborative community mobilization effort to reduce new HIV infections, improve the lives of people most impacted by HIV, and eliminate HIV-related stigma and health disparities."