HIV prevention services focus on strategies and interventions to prevent the spread of HIV infections. There is still no cure for AIDS. However, with recent advances in treatment, more people are living longer lives with HIV infection and AIDS. This means there exists an increasing need for prevention efforts to help those infected maintain safer behaviors and to help others at risk remain uninfected.
One of the most effective HIV prevention methods is a new tool that is now available for HIV negative individuals called PrEP that can reduce the chance of contracting HIV by up to 99 percent. PrEP is currently made by the pharmaceutical company Gilead and sold under the brand name Truvada. For more information about PrEP and where to get it in San Diego County, visit PrEPSanDiego.com.
For those interested in learning more about HIV and AIDS there are a number of educational resources available online:
AIDS.gov collaborates with departments and agencies across the Federal government to provide HIV/AIDS related information to users.
Information on HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention, and research.
Educational site covers the aspects of AIDS and HIV in interactive, multimedia format.
A large collection of information: basic statistics, conferences, publications, media/campaigns, and more.
A not-for-profit, volunteer-supported and community-based organization committed to national leadership in the fight against AIDS.
Information from the Food and Drug Administration, including links for drugs, and therapies.
Comprehensive, up-to-date information on prevention, treatments and policy.
Project Inform is a national, non-profit, community-based organization working to end the AIDS epidemic.
California Department of Health Services AIDS web site.
The main advocate for global action on HIV/AIDS.