San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other officials are joining MAC AIDS Fund this morning (Thursday, October 29) to announce $1.7 million in funding to make the city the first to “eliminate HIV/AIDS.”
As part of the “Getting to Zero” campaign, Lee, gay Supervisors David Campos and Scott Wiener, health department staff, and nonprofit representatives will meet at 9:30 a.m. at Lee’s office, Room 200 in City Hall, to announce the funding and outline the plan.
“Once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis, San Francisco is now a world leader in AIDS response and on a mission to be the first city to ‘Get to Zero,'” organizers said in a news release. Lee and others Thursday will announce “significant new funding and its rigorous plan to reach zero new HIV infections, deaths and stigma in San Francisco.”
Beth Cleveland, a spokeswoman for the New York-based MAC AIDS Fund, said her group is providing $500,000 of the $1.7 million. The city is contributing the rest.
City Hall is at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Plaza.