The US Preventive Services Taskforce has made the recommendation that all individuals ages 15 to 65 should be screened for HIV.
Anonymous and Confidential HIV Testing services are available to inform individuals about their HIV status. For a list of HIV testing sites funded or supported by the County of Orange, please see below. Please contact an agency listed below for testing hours and additional information, including cost for testing.
Assistance disclosing HIV-exposure to sex or needle sharing partners
Prevention programs for HIV-negative individuals:
MPowerment:A community level intervention for young gay and bisexual men to reduce sex risk taking, engage in regular HIV testing, build positive social connections, and support peers in safe sex activities.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP):Medication to prevent HIV for individuals who are HIV-negative. For more information, call (714) 834-PrEP (7737).
Prevention programs for HIV-positive individuals:
Healthy Relationships (HR):A small group, five-session intervention for persons living with HIV to increase skills and build self-efficacy about new risk reducing behaviors.
Partner Services (PS):PS is a free, voluntary, and confidential (anonymous) service that can help let an individual's sex and/or needle sharing partner(s) know they have been exposed o HIV/AIDS. PS can be done three ways:
The Health Department can notify the individual's partner(s) for them anonymously;
The individual can get coaching to tell their partner(s) themselves; or
The individual can have a trained counselor present to support them while having the conversation with their partner(s);
For more information or help with PS, call (714) 834-7748.
Information About Safely Using Sharps:
If you are accidently stuck by another person's used needle or other sharp:
Wash the exposed area right away with water and soap or use a skin disinfectant (antiseptic) such as rubbing alcohol or hand sanitizer.
Seek immediate medical attention by calling your physician or local hospital.
Follow these same instructions if you get blood or other bodily fluids in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your skin.
For more information on Safely Using Sharps: click here.
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