"We would not be where we are without the leadership of the department of health."
The Fast-Track Cities partners extend their sincere condolences to the family of Mayor Edwin Lee and to the citizens of San Francisco on the occasion of his passing. We are grateful for his leadership in paving the way for San Francisco to join the Fast-Track Cities network - the first North American city to do so - and honor his commitment to ending the AIDS epidemic in the Golden Gate City.
Community Leadership Messages
"Boldness’ means we speak up in the face of doubt and adversity. We did that in the 1980s, when the HIV epidemic first appeared. We did that in 2010, when we were the first to recommend treatment for all persons living with HIV. We’re doing it now, with the current research and studies we have toward finding a cure, with vaccine research, and being at the forefront of PrEP"
"Speaking out about the link between HIV/AIDS and its social drivers – housing, mental illness and substance abuse – will be crucial as a part of our work to get to zero HIV infections, zero HIV deaths, and zero HIV stigma"
"People ask us what the ‘special sauce’ is that accounts for San Francisco’s success against HIV. It’s the full engagement of all segments of society -- activists, providers, researchers, and the SF government – all working toward a common goal."
"We have made tremendous progress in HIV prevention and treatment, but now is not the time to let up on our efforts and declare victory… With a little more time, effort, resources, and teamwork, we can fully realize the benefits of these highly effective prevention and treatment tools and be the first city to get to zero."
"The devastating impact of HIV continues to spread around the world despite access to treatment, care and support. It’s imperative that we continue to research new ways to prevent HIV infection"
"Our work is not done until the disparities among vulnerable populations living with or at risk for HIV are eliminated"
"We don't believe in doing things top-down here," said Scott Weiner, a member of the city's Board of Supervisors or city council. "The reason San Francisco has had so much success is not because city government saying 'this is what we’re going to do,' but because of an amazing coalition of community-based advocates."
"To the extent San Francisco has been a sanctuary for so many different people and issues, I think that we should aim to be a sanctuary where there are no new HIV/AIDS infections here in San Francisco"
"I'm involved with Getting To Zero because achieving the three goals of GTZ will save and transform the lives of thousands of San Franciscans."
"Getting to Zero is also a call to action for health equity in HIV prevention, care, and treatment for all of our communities."