OFFICE OF THE MAYOR-PRESIDENT
Sharon Weston Broome
Dear HIV Summit Attendees:
It is my honor to invite you to the 2018 Mayor Sharon Weston Broome HIV Summit. Baton Rouge remains near the top of national lists for people affected by HIV and AIDS. According to the most recent Centers for Disease Control HIV Surveillance Report (vol. 28) released in November 2017, the Baton Rouge MSA ranked 3rd in HIV case rates (30.2 per 100,000) among large metropolitan areas in the nation. According to the same report, the Baton Rouge metropolitan area ranked 1st in AIDS case rates (18.0 per 100,000) among large metropolitan areas in the nation. Currently, there are 5,440 people living with HIV/AIDS in Metro Baton Rouge. These alarming numbers only strengthen my commitment to support efforts that will end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime.
The theme for the Summit is Reframing HIV: “A Social Justice Epidemic.” The goal of this Summit is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and educate the community on the innovative initiatives and programs the City of Baton Rouge and its partners are undertaking to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Baton Rouge Transitional Grant Area.
During the Summit, you will learn about a pill that prevents the transmission of HIV; stigma impacting people living with HIV/AIDS as well as how stigma keeps people from getting tested for HIV; a new program to help people living with HIV become virally suppressed making the virus un-transmittable; and hear from a panel of HIV experts during a panel discussion moderated by me.
Mayor Broome will show her commitment to ending the HIV epidemic by signing the Paris Declaration on Fast Track Cities during the Summit. By signing the Paris Declaration, the City of Baton Rouge will join other cities worldwide including New Orleans who have committed themselves to attaining 90-90-90 targets (that is 90% of people living with HIV [PLWH] aware of their status, 90% of diagnosed PLWH on antiretroviral treatment [ART], and 90% of PLWH on ART with sustained viral suppression) as well as zero stigma and discrimination by 2030.
Joining the Fast Track Cities Initiative network is an opportunity to join the global fight against HIV and to connect with other cities facing similar challenges in accelerating their local AIDS response, use the Fast Track Cities Initiative as a framework for implementation and metrics of success and inform the community about how they can support city-wide efforts.
Please join us for the 2018 Mayor Sharon Weston Broome HIV Summit as we convene to share ongoing efforts and new initiatives that will help Baton Rouge End the Epidemic! Click Here to RSVP!
Jared Hymowitz Director of the Mayor’s Healthy City Initiative (MHCI)
Office of Mayor-President