BOSTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts “Getting to Zero” campaign hopes to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS through extensive outreach, but those efforts wouldn’t be possible without support from the state.
December 1st is World AIDS Day, a time to raise awareness about the disease for which there is still no cure. The AIDS Action Committee of Massachusetts said work is ongoing to expand HIV prevention programs and to provide those living with the disease with health and wellness services.
Although public perception about HIV/AIDS has changed significantly over the past three decades, the stigma around the disease still exists.
The Committee’s Executive Director Carl Sciortino told 22News that people living with HIV still face several barriers. “Root causes like poverty, racism, homophobia, transphobia, a discomfort in talking about sex makes and all these social factors that still make this virus difficult to treat and manage.”
Massachusetts has seen a 52% reduction in new HIV diagnoses over the past seventeen years, according to the local AIDS Action Committee.