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San Francisco Vows To End New HIV Infections Before U.N. Deadline

Bob Butler
March 14, 2018 - 10:38 am

(KCBS RADIO) - San Francisco Health officials say attacks on the Affordable Care Act and the immigrant community could have serious health consequences. KCBS Radio reporter Bob Butler says city officials worry that the actions in Washington might jeopardize the goal of eliminating new HIV AIDS infections.

San Francisco and Amsterdam are committed to exceeding the U.N. AIDS goal of stopping new infections by 2030. But there is concern that getting rid of the individual mandate will make it harder to get care. Amsterdam Vice Mayor Eric Vanderberg says many cities are doing their own programs out of necessity.

"Cities like San Francisco, Amsterdam, London, Boston, New York they can't always wait for the national governments, so they have to be in the leads." Vanderberg said. "And that's what we are going to do."

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy says there's a good chance that many immigrants may stop coming in to get tested and treated if necessary.

"There is the hostility towards our immigrant brothers and sisters that makes this struggle to get to zero." Supervisor Sheehy said. "Really make sure everybody has access to care that they need. It just adds another layer of challenge."