Could San Francisco become the city that knows how to cure AIDS -- once and for all?
The city is aiming to become the first area to "reach zero -- zero new HIV transmissions and zero AIDS patients," according to reports.
A national LGBT-focused magazine, the Advocate, says that "San Francisco is arguably the most-determined" city to stamp out what was, not 20 years ago, a surefire-killer.
Dr. Diane Havlir, who is the doctor-in-charge of Ward 86 at San Francisco General Hospital -- the institution's AIDS ward, where people went to die during the height of the epidemic -- says that "we think we can begin to end AIDS," the Advocate says.
There have been significant medical breakthroughs in antiretroviral therapy (ART) and prevention therapy called Pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, the Advocate reported.
Right now, the local AIDS Foundation is aiming to cut new transmissions by 50 percent.