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San Diego County supports PrEP in the fight against HIV

This survey will enable them to identify and evaluate any trends among a representative sample of county residents.

Global access to antiviral drugs for HIV-positive patients has increased considerably, yet approximately 7,000 new infections occur daily, 50,000 new infections weekly, and more than 2.7 million annually across the globe.

Knowing your status is the first step in HIV prevention and helps you end the spread of HIV. This not only can save your life but the lives of those around you. San Diego offers numerous HIV testing locations and a new resource, PrEP.

PrEP is an acronym for pre-exposure prophylaxis, a single drug that if taken every day can prevent HIV. It’s not a cure. It’s not a vaccine. But PrEP means that for people at risk of contracting HIV, there is a way to avoid that fight altogether.

Many have heard of PrEP, but don’t know much about it. PrEP, marketed in many cases as Truvada, is an effective, FDA approved pill that combines two powerful HIV antiviral drugs called tenofovir and emtricitabine.

They work together to reduce the levels of virus circulating in the bloodstream to where it is no longer a health threat.

The pill must be taken every day to work well. It is up to 99 percent effective at reducing the risk of HIV infection from sexual contact and more than 70 percent effective for people who inject drugs.

In San Diego County alone, every 18 hours, a new HIV case is diagnosed, more than 18,000 people are living with HIV, and one out of every 11 residents with HIV doesn’t know they are infected. 

San Diego has been at the forefront of prevention education.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency along with the community and its support, have united in the cause against HIV, with several local events and initiatives including “Getting to Zero,” a national campaign, adapted locally and supported by San Diego County Board of Supervisors Ron Roberts.

“(HIV) is a winnable battle and working with the city (of San Diego) we are going to win this battle,” said Supervisor Roberts last year. “This implementation plan is a step in the right direction.”

The “Getting to Zero” campaign hopes to do a number of things in its efforts to reduce the amount of those diagnosed with HIV in the next decade, including increased public awareness, engaging local healthcare systems and using data to improve outcomes.

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency's survey can use the results to better help the efforts in "Getting to Zero" by the year 2020. 

Take this anonymous PrEP Survey and receive a $5 gift card to Urban MO’s Bar and Grill

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch) is conducting an anonymous survey to gather insights about current attitudes and behavior relative to HIV prevention. 

Participation in the survey should take only a few minutes to complete.