Getting to Zero – Illinois By Chris Wade, HIV Care Connect Project Coordinator

HIVCareLinklogo The Getting to Zero framework began developing just over a year ago as a group of people living with HIV, advocates, service providers and government officials started meeting to explore a plan to dramatically affect the course of the HIV epidemic in Illinois. After a year of analysis, planning, gathering community input and engaging key stakeholders, this task force released the Getting to Zero (GTZ) Framework, which shows that eliminating HIV in Illinois is possible.

Today, as the framework document notes, we have an unprecedented opportunity to impact the HIV epidemic.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, 12,000 more Illinoisans with HIV have gained health insurance coverage.  Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily HIV prevention pill that’s up to 99% effective when taken consistently and correctly.  And most importantly, people with HIV can thrive, thanks to anti-retroviral medications.

We have what it takes to end the HIV epidemic in Illinois and Get to Zero. But what does “getting to zero” mean for Illinois?

  • Zero new HIV infections
  • Zero people living with HIV who are not on treatment

With health care access expanded under the Affordable Care Act, powerful treatments that make it so people living with HIV cannot transmit the virus to others, and the HIV prevention pill PrEP, we can get to zero in our state.

Now that the guiding framework has been formulated, community feedback sessions will help develop the plan to functionalize the Getting to Zero framework.

To learn more about Getting to Zero, read the framework, our one-page summary, and an analysis of feedback received from the community so far. Please provide feedback, questions and comments to the GTZ coordinator Sara Semelka at

For more information on the GTZ framework please visit:

For information on finding a HIV Testing site, HIV Prevention and/or Health care provider, and/or support for living with HIV in IL, visit:

Chris Wade, HIV Care Connect Project Coordinator

Illinois Public Health Association, HIV Care Connect

(309) 453-9042 mobile

HIV Care Connect is a program of the Illinois Public Health Association and is funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health