Efforts aim to stop HIV spread, increase treatment

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WAND)- Health groups are meeting in Springfield Monday evening as part of a statewide push to end the spread of HIV and help people with HIV lead healthy lives.

The effort, called “Getting to Zero,” aims to have no transmissions of HIV in Illinois and to make sure that no one with HIV in Illinois goes without treatment.

“We’re in the process now of developing a statewide plan,” said John Peller of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. “Tonight, we’re going to be sharing that plan for the first time with a small group of community members here in Springfield to get preliminary input and plan to release the draft plan statewide on December 1.”

Illinois HIV Care Connect is also launching an effort called “Good Health is more than Health Care” to help people with HIV recognize the ways environmental and social factors affect their health.

“We’re running that campaign to try to get people who are living with HIV educated about social determinants of health, which are the things in their community like living in poverty, not having access to transportation, not having food, things that can affect their health that they may not be thinking about on a daily basis.

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