Like you, our clients, staff, and volunteers have been devastated by the fires which swept through our beloved county in early October. Our compassionate team of professionals kept the doors open during the week of the fires, fulfilling our mission through limited services.
Even with these recent losses, we have never been more optimistic about the future. We will rebuild. We are #SonomaStrong.
At Face to Face our focus is on beating HIV. We have tremendous hope: rates of new HIV infections in the county are on the decline for three consecutive years. And, with continued focus, together we can get to ZERO new HIV infections in Sonoma County in the very near future.
HIV medications are working as prevention: The FDA’s approval of Truvada as PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)–taken once a day by HIV-negative individuals–has proven up to 99 percent effective at not transmitting HIV. Astounding results when you consider condom use at only 78 percent.
Not everyone who is at risk for HIV in Sonoma County is on PrEP or necessarily know their HIV status. Therefore, we provide free, anonymous and confidential HIV testing at our office and in the community. During each test counseling session we offer PrEP referrals to HIV-negative individuals. You make our HIV prevention services possible.
We know that you are being called upon more than ever with requests for your volunteer time and financial support. Thank you for considering making a gift to Face to Face on #GivingTuesday–a national day to kick-off the end of year giving season.
Sunday, March 22
Outbeat Radio News
F2F Programs Director Meghan Murphy, pictured on the right, participated in an informative radion discussion with West County Health Centers’ HIV Medical Director Dr. Michelle Davey.
Hosted and moderated by Greg Miraglia, the conversation was centered on the use of the drug Truvada as a strategy to prevent the spread of HIV. The panelist also discussed the efficacy of PrEP and what it takes in Sonoma County to obtain a prescription.