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We Will Change the Future of HIV/AIDS

Denver Signs Paris Declaration to End AIDS Epidemic

Paris Declaration to join the Fast Track Cities Initiative to end AIDS by 2030

It's no longer a dream. We will change the future of HIV/AIDS. There is not a cure or vaccine yet, but remarkable advances have transformed HIV from being a deadly infection to a manageable, chronic disease. The future of HIV/AIDS is in our hands.

Denver's Commitment to End AIDS by 2030

In August 2015, Denver signed the Paris Declaration, joining the

International Association of Providers of AIDS Care’s Fast Track Cities Initiative to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

In doing so, it set aggressive goals for the City and County of Denver to reach by 2020, specifically that:

  • 90% of people living with HIV know their HIV status.
  • 90% of people who are HIV-positive are on treatment.
  • 90% of people on treatment have suppressed viral loads.
  • Zero discrimination, including stigma.

Denver's Progress toward Achieving the 90-90-90 Targets

Denver is poised to be one of the first cities to achieve these targets. In 2016, Denver announced it had achieved two of the three 90-90-90 targets. Visit the Metro Denver city dashboard on the Fast-Track Cities web portal for the most up-to-date data on Denver's progress to end the AIDS epidemic.

What you can do - Test, Talk, PrEP, PEP, Treatment, End Stigma.

HIV Testing Services

Testing is knowledge and knowledge guides the journey.

Testing recommendations:

  • If you are gay, bisexual, or if you are a man who engages in sexual contact with other men, every 3 – 6 months.
  • If you inject drugs, every 3 – 6 months.
  • If you have unprotected vaginal or anal sex with multiple partners, every 3 – 6 months.
  • If you do not find yourself in any of these categories, you are at decreased risk for HIV. The testing recommendation is once every year.

Free, confidential HIV testing is available throughout the Denver metro area. Find a testing site near you.

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An open and honest conversation between sexual partners about one’s HIV status should be as common and natural as talking about sexual preferences and desires.

Open discussion decreases the possibility of HIV transmission, and honest conversations without guilt and shame reduce fear and anxiety and increase the joy and passion.

Here are some suggestions to start the conversation.

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Prevent Transmission of HIV with PrEP

Pre-exposure phrophylaxis (PrEP) is an extremely effective way to reduce the likelihood of HIV transmission. A person without HIV takes HIV medicine daily, as prescribed by a healthcare provider. PrEP is most effective when combined with other prevention efforts, including using condoms and counseling.

Most insurances and Medicaid will cover the cost of PrEP medications.

For more information about how to access PrEP call (303) 602-8710 or (303) 602-3652. Learn more about PrEP.

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Prevent HIV Infection after Possible Exposure with PEP

Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) is an effective method of preventing HIV infection after a possible exposure from a known source.

PEP therapy must begin within 72 hours after a risk event and typically consists of daily prescribed HIV medications for four weeks.

For more information about how to access PEP call (303) 602-3540 or (303) 602-3652.

Learn more about PEP.

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For those living with HIV, daily use of prescribed medications makes it possible to manage the infection.

They prevent it from dividing and spreading in the body limits the body, and nearly eliminate the risk of transmitting the infection to another person.

Anyone living with HIV and not already in care can contact a Linkage to Care counselor or call (303) 603-3652.

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End Stigma

Guilt, shame and fear are disabling emotions that will not end HIV.

With appropriate medical care, antiretroviral medication, and active participation in one's own health care, the life expectancy of a person living with HIV is approaching that of a person without the virus. HIV is not inevitable. It is not a moral failing. It is a disease that can be treated and managed.

Resources to help end HIV stigma include The Stigma Project and the HIV Equal campaign.

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The Center for Positive Health Contact Information

The Center for Positive Health: HIV Services at Denver Public Health

605 Bannock St., 5th Floor
Denver, CO 80204-4507
Email Us
(303) 602-8710

Monday through Friday
8 am - 5 pm

HIV Dental Clinic
(303) 602-8713
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Monday - Thursday
8 am - 5 pm

Public Health Pharmacy
Refills (303) 602-8762

Monday through Friday
8 am - 5:30 pm

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