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Lunch Recap: Spokane AIDS Network 10-14

040   Last Wednesday, INBA had the pleasure of hosting Kyle Richardson, Prevention Program Manager at Spokane AIDS Network  (SAN) at our monthly networking luncheon. Kyle presented SAN’s campaign goals for their overarching plan to end AIDS in Washington State.

On December 1st, 2014, Governor Jay Inslee issued a commitment to develop a statewide plan to End AIDS in Washington, (making Washington the second state to do so), and reduce the new infection rate to 50% by 2020. Spokane AIDS Network shares Gov Inslee’s goals for their campaign, outlining the most important steps to reach this milestone.

Getting insured is the best possible way to achieve this vision. According to Kyle, the at-risk population is frequently the most under-insured. Getting insured opens up a world of treatment and prevention possibilities for those that are at risk of contracting HIV or have already been tested. Insurance provides access to, among other resources, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PreP) which has shown to be 92% effective against contracting HIV. In a recently released study out of San Francisco, ZERO out of 650 at-risk patients taking PreP contracted HIV. Additionally treatment for AIDS patients has seen a 96% reduction in the transmission of the virus.

While Washington and New York are the only two states that have committed their resources to ending AIDS, many resources exist for those just outside of state boundaries, like a large population in northern Idaho. INBA offers a directory of LGBT-friendly physicians, and Kyle stresses that getting regularly tested is the most important factor to reducing the spread of HIV.

For More information, visit endaidswashington.org or spokaneaids.org


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