Help end the HIV, Hep C & STD Epidemics in California

Project Inform is pleased to be one of the key leaders of a critically important and innovative effort to end the HIV, HCV and STD epidemics in California. We have the tools we need to effectively address these epidemics and our coalition of over 85 community and public health leaders agrees that integration and collaboration of public health, health care delivery and private health care and the allocation of new, strategically focused resources will improve health outcomes for vulnerable Californians.

Governor-elect Newsom and his team were the only gubernatorial campaign during the election to endorse the concept that focusing on all three epidemics will be necessary to conquering each. Please join us in calling for the Governor-elect and his administration to continue their leadership by acting now to begin further development and implementation.

California is at an unprecedented moment in response to HIV, hepatitis C (HCV), and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). With highly effective treatments and proven prevention tools, California can now dramatically reduce new transmissions, improve the health of people living with these conditions, and bring these epidemics to an end.

Ending these epidemics will require renewed commitment from the state’s elected officials and strategic new investments in effective education, prevention, and treatment programs. It will also require structural responses to address the economic and social conditions that drive these epidemics, including stigma and discrimination, poverty, and unstable housing.

A coalition of over 85 community and public health leaders—End the Epidemics: Californians Mobilizing to End HIV, HCV, and STDs—has developed a community consensus statement calling on elected officials to act now to end these epidemics. The coalition is specifically asking Governor-elect Newsom and the California Legislature to convene a high-level working group of key stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy to end the HIV, HCV, and STD epidemics.

We invite your organization to sign on to this important consensus statement. Please fill out this form by 2 pm, Friday, December 14th, to be included in the first round of dissemination to California’s elected officials. Sign-ons will continue to be collected on a rolling basis, and we anticipate there will be future opportunities for individuals to show their support.

To read the full consensus statement, go here. Please distribute this consensus statement widely and urge your colleagues in California to sign as well.

Thank you for all you do on behalf of people impacted by HIV, HCV, and STDs in California. If you have any questions about the consensus statement or the End the Epidemics project, contact Ryan Clary, clarystrategies@gmail.com.