“Over the past three decades, San Francisco has made significant progress toward reducing the number of new HIV infections each year, and improving the available services for people living with HIV. We also know that some segments of our population still suffer disproportionately high rates of HIV infections. As Mayor, I remain committed to our goal of Getting to Zero, which will take hard work.”
Community Leadership Messages
"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."
"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."
“The greatest value Getting To Zero has is bringing advocates from across sectors together to develop practical, real-time solutions.”
“San Francisco’s accomplishments in the battle against HIV are the result of passion, community activism, scientific expertise, partnership and persistence. We started more than 30 years ago when the AIDS epidemic began, and have been world leaders in research, care and prevention. Now we must continue to work together to focus on equity in order to cross the finish line and get to zero.”
"Getting to Zero is an innovative community-wide HIV initiative that addresses the needs of the whole person, including mental health, substance use and aging issues, ultimately increasing the overall health and well-being of our community.”
"It is a privilege to be a member of the San Francisco Getting To Zero (GTZ) Steering Committee as a representative of our city’s HIV Community Planning Council (HCPC). Because the mission(s) of both these entities are so complementary, ensuring an effective and meaningful partnership between these two critical planning bodies is necessary and vital if we are to see an integrated and effective system of HIV prevention and care for all San Franciscans, especially those either at-risk for or those living with HIV.”
"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."
“San Francisco has always lead the way in the fight against HIV. We established an internationally recognized model of care for AIDS during the height of the epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s and we have continued to innovate and save lives in the decades since. While we have made tremendous progress toward Getting to Zero new HIV infections in San Francisco, our most vulnerable residents, including those living on our streets, remain at risk. The end of HIV is in sight, and it’s time for San Francisco to get across the finish line and Get to Zero.”
"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."