CHAMPAIGN/URBANA — The officials of the twin cities have signed on to “Getting to Zero,” a plan to stop HIV transmission in Illinois.
Champaign/Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde told Champaign NPR station WILL-FM that the District has been working on fighting the AIDS epidemic since the 1980s.
She said that public health workers will be working to address barriers to HIV treatment and prevention.
Pryde said she hopes people will reach out to the C-U Public Health District to get connected to resources in the community that can help anyone in need of treatment get it, regardless of ability to pay.
“We’re going to be working on eliminating stigma, dismantling racism, prioritizing trauma prevention and trauma-informed care,” she told WILL. “We have to make sure that young people of color, and especially people who are in lower socioeconomic situations, are aware of this and are accessing these services.”