ViiV Healthcare and the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) are collaborating on a global effort called Fast-Track Cities that aims to help 16 cities advance their HIV programs.
Four of the cities are in the United States: Atlanta, Denver, Miami and San Francisco. The other cities include Amsterdam, the Netherlands; Bangkok, Thailand; Brussels, Belgium; Bucharest, Romania; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; Durban, South Africa; Geneva, Switzerland; Kingston, Jamaica; Nairobi, Kenya; Paris, France; and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
According to a ViiV press release, the collaboration will help cities reach these goals:
- Attain Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) 90-90-90 targets. This means that by 2020, 90 percent of people living with HIV will know their stats, 90 percent of people diagnosed with HIV will be on antiretroviral therapy, and 90 percent of people on meds will have viral suppression)
- Increase utilization of combination prevention: a mix of effective and proven HIV prevention interventions, including condom provision, and the immediate initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
- Reduce to zero the negative impact of discrimination and stigma, including in healthcare settings
- Monitor and report progress through a standardized approach to data generation, analysis, and reporting that embraces local and global accountability and the use of “open data”
For the Fast-Track Cities effort, ViiV and IAPAC will work with local health departments and create a web-based dashboard that will help each city track its epidemic. Specifically, they’ll be able to generate, analyze and report on HIV-related data for patients.