I know I am…are you?

Did you know there are over 21,000 HIV positive Californians as of September 30, 2007? well it’s true, according to the current California HIV Surveillance Report.

HIV is most prevalent amongst White people (49%), Hispanics (28%) and African Americans (18%), where in that community it is currently spreading rapidly at a disproportionate rate. Of course it’s not demographics that is the cause of transmission, it’s a persons behaviors that ultimately put them at risk for contracting the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

74% of total cases accounted for in california are men who have sex with men(MSM). although unprotected anal or vaginal sex and sharing needles for injection drug use are considered higher when talking about exposure, sharing tattooing needles/ink and unprotected oral sex on men OR women are still considered risky behaviors when engaging in them with a person who is HIV positive, included are those who choose not to disclose, as well as those who are NOT aware of their current status.

Out of the 1 million HIV infected individuals in the
united states it is estimated 25% are unaware of their status. Don’t just assume you are HIV negative, KNOW it.

I know I am…. are you?

21,856  HIV Positive in
California as of 09/30/2007

Race/Ethnicity

10,656             White

6,073                Hispanic

3,911                Black or African American

Ages:

5,879                20 – 29

8,264                30 – 39

5,081                40 – 49        

1,937               Over 49

Exposure Category

14,515             Men who have Sex with Men (MSM)

2,025                Heterosexual Contact

1,646                Injection Drug Use (IDU)

1,479                MSM who are also Injection Drugs Users

for this and more detailed information visit: http://www.dhs.ca.gov/AIDS/Statistics/pdf/Stats2005/Sep05HIVmerged.pdf

or

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/basic.htm

Testing Sites:

Fresno Co. Mobile
Testing Unit (Rapid HIV Testing Only)
Rapid test consist of a quick painless swabbing of the gums/cheek
20 – 40 minutes single session counseling and results are ready to go!

Testing at local bars varies by month, please contact Fresno Co. for information.

Fresno County Health Dept (blood test only)
1221 Fulton Mall “Specialty Clinic” on 1st Floor
Anonymous Tue 8-11 & Thurs 1-4
Confidential Mon/Wed/Fri 8:00-11:00am & 1:00-4:00pm

Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (blood test only)
650 North Fulton
Fresno , CA 93728
(559) 488-4900

Fresno County EOC Health Services Clinic (blood test only)
1047 “R” Street Fresno

CA
93721
(559) 499-1690

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