HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch
As of December 31, 2015, over 18,000 people in San Diego County were living with HIV/AIDS. Nearly 4,500 of these individuals were aware of their status but not receiving HIV primary care. An additional 1,700 were estimated to be living with HIV but unaware of their HIV status. Each year approximately 500 individuals in San Diego County are newly diagnosed with HIV.
On March 1, 2016, the County of San Diego’s Board of Supervisors adopted the Getting to Zero initiative, which seeks to end the HIV epidemic over the next decade. This initiative was adopted in recognition that, due to advances in HIV treatment as well as development of highly effective HIV prevention interventions, HIV has become a winnable battle.
The County of San Diego’s Getting to Zero initiative focuses on:
- Ensuring the wide availability of testing in community-based and health care settings;
- Providing access to treatment and supportive services that promote retention in care for all persons living with HIV;
- Preventing new infections through a combination of evidence-based interventions; and
- Engaging communities in developing strategies to improve health outcomes related to HIV.
Last updated July 26, 2017.