"I became Durham’s Health Department Director at the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I have seen from the front line how resilient and connected our community is. I witnessed our community pull together to support and uplift each other during some tough days and I know that Durham, NC can rise to meet the Fast-Track Cities 90-90-90 target goals."
Community Leadership Messages
“Everyone should know their status. Getting tested and supporting your health is the best path forward to ensure that the people of Durham have full, happy, and healthy lives. Knowing your status allows you to get the support with the appropriate care to give you a life where you keep you and your partners safe. HIV does not have to be navigated alone and is completely manageable with proper treatment.”
“The sense of community is real in Durham. I have witnessed the care and consideration given to the needs of Durham. I have seen the impact of the work done to improve the well-being of Durham residents. If there is a place that can reach the Fast Track Cities 90-90-90 target, it is Durham. The model for an encompassing, accessible, and engaging effort is there and that is why success is possible.”
“I am very enthusiastic to work with our team on the Fast Track Cities initiative here in Durham County, North Carolina. The partnerships between our health department, community organizations, and academic centers provide great momentum to help end the HIV epidemic. I feel confident when I speak with my patients that we will see the end of HIV in this lifetime.”
"I feel that Durham can contribute locally to ending the HIV epidemic by cultivating awareness of the burden of HIV in the South, especially in the adolescent and young adult population. This will help patients understand how to take steps to protect themselves from HIV by discussing their risks with their partners and health care provider. Providers can partner with patients to encourage routine STI testing and promote the use of sexual health measures to end the HIV epidemic. For those living with HIV, adherence to daily medication and regular appointments with their health care team, including mental health, can ensure their health is prioritized and complications from HIV are reduced or eliminated.”
“HIV is preventable! HIV is treatable! Everyone can know their HIV status, with FREE testing available at the Durham County Department of Public Health (and many other locations around Durham County). You can prevent HIV with PrEP (taking one pill a day to prevent HIV transmission/infection). If you are living with HIV you can aim for an undetectable viral load with your doctor. We can reach our goals with 3 initiatives: Test, prevent and treat!”
‘We are greater than the sum of our parts, and here in Durham we have all the necessary tools to achieve the Fast Track Cities 95-95-95 target. Durham is an incredibly engaged community, rich in resources and dedicated individuals who are working together so all Durhamites have the opportunity to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Let’s work together to achieve these goals and end the HIV epidemic.”