San Francisco is putting up another $1.2 million in its fight against HIV and to further its goal of becoming the first city in the world to reduce its number of new HIV infections and deaths to zero.

Other cities have signed on to meet the challenge by 2030. But San Francisco believes it has the strategy to meet the goal before then.

“If anyone can do it, San Francisco can do it,” said Supervisor David Campos.

The city is relying heavily on two initiatives.

The first is getting people with HIV into antiretroviral treatment much faster, sometimes the same day they’re diagnosed. These medications reduce the level of HIV in the blood, making it harder to transmit.

The second is expanding use of the HIV prevention pill, Truvada. This has been somewhat controversial. A recent Kaiser study found that some men who took the drug used condoms less and contracted other sexually transmitted diseases. But none got HIV.

Other studies show the drug “could be over 90 percent effective in preventing new infections, if taken on a daily basis,” said Dr. Susan Buchbinder, director of HIV research at the city’s health department. She added there’s no reason to withhold a lifesaving preventive drug for fear of promiscuity.

“I liken it to me telling my patients that I’m not going to give them a cholesterol-lowering drug because they might eat more ice cream,” she said. “I would never do that.”

San Francisco participated in the first pilot studies for the preventive therapy, also known as Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), and is now a leader in its use, Buchbinder said.

Health officials from Paris and Amsterdam visited San Francisco recently to study the city’s program, in anticipation of the drug getting licensed in Europe.

“Of course, we were a city where HIV started and was discovered, and reached epidemic levels,” said Mayor Ed Lee, “but we’re also a city at the forefront of the appropriate response.”

At a time when the federal government continues to cut HIV/AIDS funding, San Francisco consistently backfills the loss, Lee said.

But other counties in California haven’t. In Fresno, for example, HIV infection rates have gone up as funding has been cut. In 2011, new cases of HIV spiked 73 percent over the county’s previous five-year average. Annual rates dipped slightly after that, then went up again last year.

In total, San Francisco spends $54 million on HIV prevention and care each year. In addition to the $1.2 million the city dedicated to the effort from its own coffers this week, the MAC AIDS Fund, a philanthropic arm of the MAC cosmetics company, gave another $500,000 to the city.

Most of the new funding will go toward hiring more patient navigators, who will help patients sign up for health insurance, find a clinic to get care or find resources to help pay for the prevention drugs — the Truvada daily pill can cost more than $1,000 a month.

The city will focus a lot of its outreach on young men and men of color, who are disproportionately affected by HIV. African-American gay men have the highest rate of new diagnoses.

Johanna Brown, a black transgender woman living with AIDS, remembers how difficult life was after she got her diagnosis.

“I lost my job, I lost my apartment, I got on drugs real heavy,” she said. “I lost my self-esteem, got disconnected from my family.”

She came to San Francisco in 2011 and found the API Wellness Center, where she got a new doctor, therapist and case manager. They helped her get treatment, housing and a job. They also have a special support program for transgender people living with HIV and AIDS.

“There, we as girls get to come together, we get to socialize within ourselves, but we get to learn about our disease,” she said. “We don’t have to be worried about stigma, being judged, people pointing fingers at us. So we live a healthier life.”

Today, Brown’s T-cell count is good, and the virus is undetectable in her blood.

“I’m not dying,” she said. “I’m going to live a long life.”

San Francisco Dedicates More Money to End HIV 30 October,2015April Dembosky
  • caleb taursus

    Is the extra money to build a wall around Sodom?

    • Claton Digby

      you got that right

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  • Claton Digby

    heres an answer..GODS law put all homos to death.

    • ernie1241

      When someone checks your history of comments online, it is clear that you are a malicious sick person.

      • Claton Digby

        ill take that as a compliment..the things i say are GODs laws..GOD not men own this earth and your very soul..GODs law for being a prevert or homo.is as follows put them to death instantly.even if its your own son,be first to cast the stone,its better to put them away than corrupt the good..i made it as simple as i could..seems your trying to justify YOUR CHOICE…its is a choice and the reward for your CHOICE is as follows..even if you dont beleieve in GOD he owns you…you will stand before GOD ,you cant say i didnt know he reads every thought youve ever had..thats what the other 80% of your brain is for storage. the judgement on the only sin GOD calls an abomination,is throw you into the bottomless pits of hell.a fire so intense that its 100 times hotter than anything we can produce.youll scream youll beg but no one will hear you your fear so intense your legs turn to water.then your cast into the darkness screaming begging in pain all alone forgot by all who cared by you FOREVER..FOREVER..FOREVER..get it.and GOD warns any one who supports your sin your sin they will be judged by..your mother.your father and family.preachers presidents judges and anyone who condones your sin will suffer your fate.and it your fault..your CHOICE..better to live 50 years with out sin than an eternity in hell.if you want to know how to stop it..GOD say repent and he will forgive ..repent has two parts.acknowledge you sin,that it a preverted crime against GOD and good men.second stop doing it..no pretending GOD knows your thoughts.you blame me but you dont give any credit to those souls who hears my harsh words and are saved.when your the one who is malicious pushing family friend and others with your choice..i save souls you destroy them..get help.get on your knees and beg the LORD for his forgiveness, and be saved..no homo will ever enter heaven.

        • ernie1241

          You have no more understanding of God or of God’s laws than does an insect. Bigots like yourself always select whatever you can find which you believe conforms to your bigoted ideas and then you pretend that it has divine inspiration. Your bigotry preceded your reading of anything connected to religion.

          • Claton Digby

            ive finished a 5 year study of the manuscripts its written in 5 languages.the king james bible has many mistakes being that in 1611 when king james order it written,the catholics destroyed it to confuse idiots like you..the manuscripts say exactly what i quoted..see you cant justify away your sin by trying to make me a liar..your calling GOD a liar..but it doesnt matter..you upon death will be judged as all gays will..you cant put bad apples in with good ones..theyll rot what ever they touch..jesus describes your sin like yeast.a tiny pinch will spread,and take a tiny pinch from that and put it in another loaf without yeast and it spreads..you and your kid under GODs law are to be put to death to keep your vile abomination from spreading..its even foretold that in the final days it will be as sodom..the discusting sin was practised out in the open without shame..but GOD sent two angels and they destroyed every man woman and child in sodom and gamora.to stop that vile gay sin..AND HE WILL DESTROY YOU AND ANYONE WHO SUPPORTS YOU…ignorance wont save you the president cant save you preachers cant save you nor any judge..salvation comes only with repentance…and GODS grace..so go ahaed call GOD a liar..he hears you..hes waiting for you. and hell follows.

          • ernie1241

            No, Claton, the difference between us is much more profound than what you describe in your message.

            During all of human history, bigots and sociopaths have used religion and “quoted” religious texts as their preferred method to express intolerance, hatred, contempt and revulsion toward other human beings whose beliefs or behavior they did not like.

            Then, those “religious” bigots accomplished their actual purpose which was to “justify” and give intellectual permission for criminal acts of discrimination, torture, and cruelty.

            Nobody is fooled by your pretense of “study” or your supposed interest in “truth”. You would have been entirely comfortable in Hitler’s Germany or in Stalin’s Russia or in Taliban Afghanistan because the common denominator in all three is precisely your sick and malicious justification of hatred and venom toward other human beings.

          • Claton Digby

            doesnt change anything ive said..see you being stupid wont save you from hell..you cant say i dont believe and get your way..you were created by GOD and he can do anything he wantswith you.AND YOU CANT STOP IT. but remember you were told upon death you will stand before GOD..your sins which you deny GOD will judge..youll be sentenced to the burning pit..as your here GODs words your knees will turn to water youll fall down begging. as your dragged away youll scream and beg.but no one will here you.no one remember you..the when tossed in the burning pain the darkness and realization that this is your home forever sets in.eternal pain and being alone forever was your own calling..remember again i warned you..AND THERES NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE THAT FACT>>>YOU BELONG TO GOD.

          • ernie1241

            You are correct about one thing. Nothing which anybody writes will ever change anything you have said or written because your mind functions exclusively within itself.

            In other words, there is no fact-checking mechanism which you recognize as valid if it has the potential of falsifying anything you prefer to believe.

            This is what is known in logic as a self-sealing circular argument. What you consider “fact” is nothing more than your personal bigoted ideas which no Christian theological seminary teaches or affirms.

            IF, as you claim, you believe that ALL of us (including you) will “stand before God” and then God will judge ALL of us — then, obviously, your personal beliefs are totally irrelevant because no human intellect can comprehend God.

            Furthermore, since God will make all decisions and judgments, then if you genuinely believed in God, you would be content to rely upon His decisions. But, instead of that, you feel compelled to write and post hateful and mean-spirited messages against entire categories of human beings in order to express your personal revulsion and contempt toward everybody who does not think or behave like you do.

            A person that GENUINELY believed in God would know that ALL human beings have intellectual limitations which make Divine Will impossible to totally understand and because of that — human beings must acknowledge, with humility, their profound fallibility. YOU, however, pretend that you are infallible. YOU pretend that you totally comprehend everything (with no errors of any kind) about God and about God’s will for all human beings. And how did you arrive at that “perfect” knowledge? You simply accepted, without question, whatever you were taught since childhood. IF you were born into a Hindu family — you would tell us that you have perfect understanding of Hinduism. IF you were born into a Muslim family, you would tell us that you have perfect understanding of the Koran. IF you born into a Jewish family, you would tell us that you have perfect understanding of the Torah.

            All of your supposedly “perfect” understanding shows how totally non-serious you are. The greatest theological minds in all of human history have acknowledged their limitations. Every Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, Confucian, and all other religious traditions acknowledge, in writing, their IMPERFECT understanding of God. Many theologians from all religious traditions spend their entire lives studying “God” — and they STILL cannot answer every religious question which the human mind has conceived. But YOU pretend that there is no ambiguity, no mystery, no conflicts, no contradictions — i.e. NOTHING remains to be understood.

            How pathetic you are!

          • Claton Digby

            seems like youve never read GODs words or you would know your calling GOD a liar and a biggot.but GOD said people like you he called soddish..thats stupid and lazy would fill the earth and when told the truth would have no ideal what was meant..bench warmers…duh so if your ignorant of GODs word i suggest you first by a bible a strongs concordance king james version..not the niv crap. a greens interliner study. 4 translation dictionaries hebrew latin greek and arabic tranlations.the go on line and find studies of the manuscripts..theyre in seperate text the pentatook.septatuagen .the tora.are just a few..and when you pray to jesus youll find that name isnt there..the hebrew alphabet doesnt contain any J ..try you idiotic jesture with those in your church which are as dumb as you..and remember GOD said judgement begins at the pulpit..that means idiots like you are responsable for those you lie to..im positive of what i teach and can take down a fool like you any day of the week.

          • ernie1241

            Nobody who is a decent moral human being believes in the type of “God” you describe except the fanatics in the world who use “God” and religion and the Bible to reveal their own internal depraved indifference to human life. Everything you write is based upon one single totally false predicate — namely, that you, and you alone, know God’s thought processes and everybody else is ignorant. Human beings come into this world without hatred and venom in their hearts. The Bible does not put that hatred and venom there. You did.

          • Claton Digby

            shows how stupid you realy are..the manuscripts tell exactly what ive said..your living in the second earth age and are on trial for what you did in the first..you spend hours wasted on thing of this earth like tv sports or what ever preversion you choose..but you dont give god equal or greater time..ive spent 6 to 8 hours a day 7 days a week for 5 years studying the manuscripts ..i know what im talking about..or havent you ever heard CHRIST is returning with a rod of iron for judgement…duh..did you think hes going to forgive homos drug users child molesters..well i got news for you..one sin is as bad as the next to GOD..all have sinned and come short of the glory of the lord..but if you bothered to study you would know how to achieve salvation..CHRIST said upon his return those who sat upon church pews and served the church and man all their lives will come running saying,,LORD,LORD look what ive done for you. and CHRIST reply would be.GET AWAY FROM ME I NEVER KNEW YOU..but you knew that DIDNT YOU…since you know what your stupidity has taught you.and if you bothered to read ,CHRIST said behold i tell you all things..so when i quote the teachings of the true word from the manuscripts GODS words ,you call me a liar..only 144 thousand have a graunteed place in heaven that leaves over 12 billion out on a limb.my salvation is already in the book of life.i amd the watchman in the dark tthe few GOD said in the end days that will witness to ears that are deft and minds that are soddish..thats you.heres a few facts you probably dont know.when you pray on a daily basis i hope.do you pray to jesus..well the name jesus isnt in the manuscripts GODS WORD.the hebrew alphabet doesnt have a J in it..he was called by many names but not JESUS..emanuael. yashuah .melkasadek GOD and so on..you did know CHRIST and GOD is the same person didnt you? the fact is you can be the greatest moral man that ever lived and burn in hell..all men sin..but you know how to get redeemed dont you..are you one of those setting in a church week after week listening to a man who cant get you into heaven..a man the quotes verses instead teaching verse by verse as GOD commanded.a man who passes around a plate and tells you you have to give 10% or go to hell..IF YOU DONT TAKE GOD WITH YOU TO CHURCH HE WONT BE THERE..and that means youve given equal time studying his letter to you..youve done that havent you? and so youll know there is more laws than the 10 commandments.theres over 300..read deutaronomy the book of moses the law giver..youve done that havent you? well let me tell you something about the king james bible which is a good book to read but not study..king james forced the preverted corrupt catholic church give a book to the protestants..and the catholic church that hated and murdered these people in GODS name put into the bible things like easter..duh easter is a pagen goddess of fertility in spring people went into the forrest and had orgies..easter was suppose to be passover.the most sacred day of the year.CHRIST died for you on that date..but you knew that..the catholics scrambled the order of the bible and removed whole books from it..and added things like unicorn 5 times..you do know there isnt unicorns.it was wild bores or ox..and you have heard of bloody mary henerys daughter that ordered 10s of thousands of people.because the catholic TAUGHT HER..their corrupt version.since she wasnt allowed to read the manuscripts LIKE YOU..if you think im a liar take the time to study and GIVE unto god what you waste on man your time and love.after all he was the one who died for you. buy a companion bible.a greens interlinear study bible.a strongs concordence . then the tora its in hebre annd the pentatook hebre also then the manuscripts that are in 4 other languages you look up on line.the dictonarys to translate to english.youll need hebrew,greek caldean latan and arabic. when your thru studying it shouldnt take more than 10 years for you.i have a semi photo genetic memory and an IQ of 152..blessed by GOD.so i learn and remember quickly..you email me back when your done and we can discuss it..but wait the world is in the final days we might not be here..you did know its written in the parable of the fig tree telling of the first sign of the final days was 1948 when israel became a nation and ends in 2028..the very last year before christ returns,,DIDNT you..or the great sign in the heavens promised by GOD to let you know his wrath is fixing to be poured upon this earth was 2012 not the myan crap but the signs before and after.6 months before 2012 the planet saturn,,satans planet circled virgo the virgin,,the virgin birth of christ.the 6 months after 2012 saturn circled leo the lion of juda the king sign christ is that king..the year of 2012 was the year of the dragon,,2013 was the year of the serpent or snake..both satans names..these signs were never seen by flesh man and never will again..obamas even fore told a king over the 10 tribes of ethream the white race. a leader never before elected by its people .the book of daniel tell of his comming.obamas that leader..hes black ,a kinite child of satan.cains linage ..and a muslim.obama wears a ring of silver and has 30 years in arabic it states from the koran,there is only one god and mohamed is his name.proven fact in the manusctipts book of daniel this leader is called the bringer of taxes.obama secretly raised taxes 27 time 3 time on gas alone..and that he would cause the locust army to swarm.locust in hebrew is arabi..in english arab..the bible names 4 nation that would fall and start this warning..obama caused those exact countries to be with out leaders..the locust army is satans arny..he will arrive before christ..god says the whole world with the exception of his elect would worship satan and be subject to hell.only the 144 thousand will stand and only 7000 will testify those like me .the combining of russias and chinas armys are fore told that happened 2 years ago under obamas leadership.he did nothing. that battle is called the battle of hemangog..alaska used to have a valley called gog from old maps its now called revelation mountains.their armys can now cross thru alaska before we could recall troups to protect us,,see under obama he wasted 20 trillion dollars..3,4 he gave to muslims and arabs that want you dead..you knew that though.didnt you..obama borrowed most of the money from russia the chief prince of red..red army from the bible and china..we cant pay interest on 1.8 trillion under bush.how can we pay back 20 trillion interest,,duh bringer of taxes obama..russia and china will come to get it.obama has put armed drones over america..obama had the gold from fort knox removed ..WHY..government knows whats comming. obama reduced our military by 52% 33% is over seas.leaving 15% here most untrained.GOD warns of a nation that prostitutes its self out to the whole world..that is us..its called the whore of babalon..and GOD say it will fall in one day.that bodies will lay un the streets unburied because of fear.that 1/3 of that country would die instantly..that it would burn with a furverant heat.and another 1/3 would beg to die. but you knew that didnt you..i could go on but you live in a world GOD predicted would have all these signs but be too stupid to see..a time when homos wouldnt hide their pervision.a time of a great falling away.people who dont study GODS word but trust corrupt politicians and preacher that are only concerened with money ..BUT YOU KNEW THAT DIDNT YOU..ernie

      • hiker_sf

        If three people flag his post (using the flag icon on the far right margin, level with his name, the post will need moderation in order to be viewed. I just flagged him.

        • Claton Digby

          thanks i flagged you to..but it wont change the fact GOD will send people like you to hell..even if your to dumb to know it..

          • hiker_sf

            God blah blah blah. Why is it that those who are commanded to not judge are usually judgmental pricks?

          • Claton Digby

            see showing your stupidity again .GODS law says not to judge unjustly..duh or why would he give laws ? duh…and you must be guilty or afraid or my comments wouldnt hit home or should i say homo..the laws are in deuteronomy starting at chapter 20..and theres more than 10..id suggest you read them.then maybe your vile CHOICES will stop and GOD forgive you..if not when you die,,and die you will..hells waiting on you..have a good trip sinner

  • Rick O’Shea

    SF might be saving save some from AIDS but you just might be killed by an illegal criminal hiding in the “hug a thug” sanctuary city.

  • workforlivn

    Wouldn’t it be easier to the homosexuals to just stop buggering each other? Wouldn’t that stop it? At no cost to anyone?

  • Michelle Teller

    Talk about throwing money away to a hopeless cause!

  • forbes mag
  • forbes mag

    The HIV hoax is a jew-concocted money scam.

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