Progress and Challenges in “Getting to Zero” New HIV Infections in Miami, Florida Article

Escudero, DJ, Bennett, B, Suarez, S et al. (2019). Progress and Challenges in “Getting to Zero” New HIV Infections in Miami, Florida . 18 10.1177/2325958219852122

cited authors

  • Escudero, DJ; Bennett, B; Suarez, S; Darrow, WW; Mayer, KH; Seage, GR

fiu authors


  • Objectives: Miami has the highest rate of new HIV diagnoses in the United States. We examined the early successes and challenges in fulfilling recommendations made by the Miami-Dade County HIV/AIDS Getting to Zero Task Force, formed by local experts in 2016. Methods: We used a host of surveillance data, published empirical studies, public reports, and unpublished data from partners of the Task Force to evaluate progress and challenges in meeting the recommendations. Results: Improvements in prevention and care included routinized HIV testing in emergency departments, moving the linkage-to-care benchmark from 90 to 30 days, increased viral suppression, and awareness of pre-exposure prophylaxis. However, treatment enrollment, viral suppression, and pre-exposure prophylaxis uptake remained low. Conclusions: Recommendations from the Task Force provide excellent guidance for implementing evidence-based HIV prevention in Miami, yet success in achieving the recommendations will require continued or increased support in many public health sectors in South Florida.

publication date

  • May 24, 2019

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  • 18