PCHI is working to eliminate the incidence of HIV/AIDS in Illinois and improve access to care by those living with the virus. By expanding access to care, our work will help bring the incidence of new HIV infections to a functional zero (under 100 cases per year) by 2030.
Today, an estimated 45,000 Illinoisans live with HIV or AIDS, and in Chicago, approximately 28,000 people live with the disease. As a result of racial injustice, homophobia, and transphobia, gay/queer men of color, cisgender Black women, and transgender people are disproportionally affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic. They face a lack of access to high-quality care, a lack of access to robust social services, and the ongoing stigma related to an HIV diagnosis. The Foundation supports efforts to reduce the incidence of HIV disease and mitigate its impact through expanded services that begin to address the root causes of health and tailor solutions to the needs of impacted communities.
AIDS FOUNDATION OF CHICAGO
The AIDS Foundation of Chicago’s Getting to Zero plan will dramatically change the course of the HIV epidemic in Illinois. This plan developed in partnership with the Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health will put the state of Illinois on a path to bring new HIV cases below epidemic levels within a decade reducing the number of new HIV infections to a functional zero by 2028.
BRAVE SPACE ALLIANCE
Brave Space Alliance will expand their services to address the high rates of homelessness and housing insecurity – a leading driver of health, economic and social inequities - in the city’s transgender community.
ESPERANZA HEALTH CENTERS
Esperanza’s Comprehensive Southwest Side HIV Services program sets a new benchmark for culturally and linguistically appropriate HIV screening, prevention, and care on Chicago’s Southwest side.