Undetectable=Untransmittable

Undetectable = Untransmittable 

That’s right! People living with HIV who are adherent to their meds and get to and keep an undetectable viral load have no risk of transmitting HIV to their HIV-negative sexual partners. 

The U=U message is an unprecedented opportunity to transform the lives of millions of people with and affected by HIV and to radically transform the field:

  • Dismantles HIV stigma on the community, clinical, and personal level.
  • Encourages people living with HIV to start and stay on treatment, which keeps them and their partners healthy.
  • Improves the lives of people living with HIV by dramatically reducing the shame and fear of sexual transmission and opening up possibilities for conceiving children without alternative means of insemination.
  • Strengthens advocacy efforts for universal access to treatment, care, and diagnostics to save lives and bring us closer to ending the epidemic.

U=U is a game changer in reducing stigma for people living with HIV; Even though hundreds of organizations around the world have signed on to the campaign, U=U is still widely unknown. 

Face to Face | Sonoma County AIDS Network is committed to changing the narrative.

U=U Campaign
CDC Statement on U=U

Questions about PrEP?

PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)

The Basics

What is PrEP? Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a way to prevent HIV. With PrEP, people who are HIV-negative take a medication (Truvada) once a day to reduce the risk of getting infected if they’re exposed to HIV. PrEP is an additional method that can be used with other HIV prevention strategies such as condoms.

The Research

PrEP clinical trials have been conducted, or are currently being conducted, all over the world. Research has very clearly demonstrated that PrEP offers high levels of protection against HIV 1nfection if you taken it regularly. But, if you don’t take it consistently, PrEP can’t protect you from HIV.

Questions About PrEP

Check out Men.PrEP.org or PrEPfacts.org for answers to all your questions about PrEP, including:

  • Why do we need HIV prevention tools like PrEP?
  • Aren’t condoms good enough?
  • What are the side effects from PrEP?
  • How can I afford PrEP?
  • Where is PrEP available now?

Interested in Starting PrEP?

Visit your primary care physician to begin the conversation. PrEP is covered by most medical insurance companies, including Kaiser, Medical Cal, and Medicare.

If you are on Medical Cal, visit any one of the following F2F community partners:

Vista Family Health Center
West County Health Centers

Not sure what to ask? Here is a handy resource to get your conversation stared.

If you are not ready to speak to you healthcare provider but would like to learn more about PrEP from F2F, visit our office Tuesdays – Fridays from 9am-4:30pm for your regular HIV test and ask your test counselor for more information.

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Job Opening – Case Worker Bilingual (Spanish)

Face to Face is actively seeking a dedicated Bilingual Case Worker (Spanish) to join our team!

The Bilingual (Spanish) Case Manager provides information and referral of HIV services and resources, conducts intake interviews, and provides crisis intervention.

This position provides case management service in both English and Spanish, and will sometimes be asked to assist other members of the team in Spanish interpretation. The Bilingual Case Manager is an integral part of the Care Services team, with the ability to not only collaboratively share and support other team members, but also able to independently complete the necessary services that are required of this position.

View the complete job posting on our careers page here.

Gay Wine Weekend 2019

Don’t miss GAY WINE WEEKEND

July 18 – July 21, 2019

A weekend of Wine & Celebration with winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Enjoy 3+ full days of LGBTQ events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music, and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine excursions, a drag queen brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury destinations in the world.

For more information: OutintheVineyard.com

Gay Wine Weekend

Don’t miss GAY WINE WEEKEND

July 18 – July 21, 2019

A weekend of Wine & Celebration with winemaker dinners, winery tours and events benefiting Face to Face, Sonoma County HIV/AIDS Network. Enjoy 3+ full days of LGBTQ events in Northern California’s magnificent Sonoma Valley, home to some of the world’s most prestigious wines and wineries. Celebrate with world class wine and culinary delights, music, and dancing in a private estate vineyard, VIP receptions, wine excursions, a drag queen brunch, wine auction and pool party in one of the most famous luxury destinations in the world.

Free Acupuncture

LorelleWe are delighted to have Lorelle Saxena from The Saxena Clinic join us to discuss the healing benefits of acupuncture.

Lorelle will provide an overview of the newly created monthly group sessions she will be hosting at Face to Face.

Monthly session will be held every second Thursday at at 2:15 pm.

Lorelle Saxena graduated in 2008 from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine with a Master of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine.  She is a State of California-licensed acupuncturist.  Her clinical internship work included training at the San Diego Hospice, the UCSD Owen Clinic for HIV and AIDS patient care, and a community clinic for low-income senior citizens.

Lorelle’s focus is on compassionate, empowering healthcare–care that gradually facilitates the body’s own ability to heal itself, education that helps patients understand how to enact preventive medicine in their day-to-day lives, and support that allows patients to work towards optimal health in a safe, comfortable environment.

Lorelle has been voted Best Acupuncturist in Sonoma County Three Years in a Row by the Bohemian.

 

#GivingTuesday

Tuesday, November 27
A Global Day of Giving

What is Giving Tuesday:
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

Make Your Gift 
You can make a lasting and local impact this #GivingTuesday with support for Face to Face’s life-changing care services for people living with HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County.

$20 – The Most Important Tool in HIV Prevention and Care
Provide a confidential/anonymous HIV test for someone. Rapid oral test includes risk reduction information and counseling.

$50- Just Wear it
Help us promote condom use all year long. We distribute condoms at events and venues throughout the community. A case of 1,000 condoms.

$75 – Social Security and Disability Insurance Benefits Counseling
Our Benefits Counselor can help sort out what benefits someone is eligible for, how to apply, how to appeal a denial. One and a half hour session.

$100 – Train a Speaker to Share Their Story and Make a Difference
Our Speakers’ Bureau goes into local schools. Positive Speakers connect on an emotional level with students in a way that informs, inspires, enlightens, and reduces stigma.

$500 – I Have HIV, Now What?
Sponsor a newly diagnosed person. From an initial comprehensive intake and assessment, through referrals, case management, hand-holding and hugs, the first six months are crucial in getting care and services in place.

How to make your gift today:
Make a donation using our secure online form. Your gift will be counted on Tuesday, November 27, toward our $10,000 fundraising goal

SF Gay Men’s Chorus Concert – December 16

Sunday, December 16

Green Music Center
Weill Hall
1801 East Cotati Avenue
Rohnert Park, CA  
Show 5pm
$25-$75

No one does holidays better than the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus.

This will be the 28th year the chorus has traveled north at the holidays to benefit Face 2 Face.

The chorus is not only bringing 150 handsome men, but will be accompanied on the journey by a fabulous brass quintet and the amazing coloratura soprano, Marnie Breckenridge. With that combination, there will definitely be a lot of brass and sass, from classical to swing. The chorus will sing and dance its way into your hearts with some zany holiday antics – and welcome you home by wrapping you in your favorite holiday carols and traditions.

Tickets $25-75
To buy tickets