Know Your Status! Get Tested Today!

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February 1, 2012

Hello friends,

On this the first day of February, most year-end lists have gone by the wayside. We know who the best and worst dressed starlets were. We got to see which housewives had the biggest tantrums. And we’ve even heard the state of the union. But we at AIDS Services Foundation Orange County (ASF) have year-end information we’d like to pass on, too.

At ASF, an important focus of our energy is pointed toward HIV education and prevention. We employ a talented and dedicated department of individuals whose sole purpose at the agency is educational outreach to underserved and at-risk communities as well as HIV testing. The knowledge of one’s own status and the ability to prevent infection are the two easiest and most important ways to halt the spread of HIV.

Last year, our HIV testing specialists administered 2,062 tests in Orange County. A quarter of those tests were conducted at 16 health fairs in Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Anaheim, Irvine, Costa Mesa, Santa Ana and Buena Park. And over 200 tests were provided around World AIDS Day during civic events and at college campuses such as California State University Fullerton and Golden West College.

The number of tests ASF provided last year is indeed impressive, especially when you consider some other numbers.

  • In 2010, we tested 1,928 individuals for HIV. So, a 7% increase in testing was realized in 2011.
  • The rate of total HIV infections in Orange County grew 2.325% in 2011 over the 2010 numbers.

We can all agree that any increase in HIV infections is bad. However, if we can continue to outpace the rate of infection with our rate of testing, perhaps we can turn the tide and eventually see reductions in infection rates.

What’s the message here? Get tested today! Know your status! Prevent the further spread of HIV!

There are many resources available to you around Orange County. Start right here with ASF. For information on free, rapid, HIV testing sites, please click here. For general information about HIV/AIDS, please click here.

Thanks for reading…and for getting tested!

Marc Montminy
Director of Communications and Public Relations


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