Why is Florida so high?
San Francisco is down to 302 new cases last year, and they expect to reach ZERO
by 2020 by following the 90 90 90 plan.
NYC is down.
DC is down.
Vancouver is down.
Boston is down.
What do they all have in common? TasP and PrEP. In SF they fast track new Positives to antiviral therapy THAT DAY, right now.
So what is the "prevention campaign, including billboards, and outreach, to this specific younger demographic."?
Is it to assert that, as Art Deco said (he is a fellow Floridian in Ft Lauderdale) in his anti-Undetectable tirade? :
"So all this BS about sex being safe with an undetectable poz guy is just medical talk dealing with controlled conditions. That has no application, bearing or relevance to the real world situations in which you & I actually operate. And such basic medical research shouldn't be misinterpreted to be providing guidance as to how gay men should behave sexually with each other."
Will the campaign address the community benefits of TasP?
"Not only will this improve living with HIV, but it will also reduce transmission globally. Within any community, for every 1 percent increase in starting positive individuals on HIV treatment, there is a 1.7 percent decline in HIV acquisition." http://www.pridesource.com/article.html?article=72620
In Miami they've blamed it on heroin. In another county they said the increases were due to more testing.
Before I contribute I want to know what the message is. If it's just another "abstinence or condoms only" it will be another Florida failure.
The 13-24 demographic, especially MSM of color, are the least likely to be on PrEP or on ART. And they have the largest increases anywhere.
In Austin Texas they have free PrEP for those who need and can't afford it.
"Ben Walker, executive director of the clinic, says, “This is the newest thing we have to prevent HIV and we know it’s extremely effective. And extremely expensive.” The PrEP Clinic operates with all volunteers and on private donations, open to the public on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. Their latest drug is turning heads. Asked if it is a magic bullet, David Ward, a care practitioner at the clinic replies, “It certainly can be, it’s an important tool. Our goal with this clinic is to obsolete ourselves in the next ten years, we want to see a Central Texas free of HIV infection.”http://kxan.com/2015/07/12/new-austin-clinic-offers-hiv-prevention-drug-free/