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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

Beerfest The Good One

Saturday, June 9
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
1-5pm
Gates open at Noon for VIP 

Each year, Beerfest is an extravaganza with more than 60 of Northern California’s best craft breweries featuring over 120 unique brews. VIP tickets enter the festival one hour before the general admission guests and take home a collectible mug.

General admission tickets: $50

Eventbrite - Beerfest- The Good One 2018

Visit the Beerfest website for more information or buy your tickets below:

Become a Speakers Bureau Health Educator

Become a Speakers Bureau Health Educator 

Face to Face provides free HIV prevention education to more than 1000 Sonoma County middle and high school students.

Our Speakers Bureau brings a health educator and HIV-positive speaker to meet with students for an unforgettable and informative presentation. 

Our health educator covers the basics—teaching students about HIV and how transmission can be prevented. Our HIV-positive speaker connects with students on a personal and emotional level, helping to get a message across in a way that informs, inspires, enlightens, and reduces the stigma surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Sign up to learn more about becoming a F2F Speakers Bureau Health Educator and/or Positive Speaker. We will be hosting a free training where you will become equipped with the tools to present the content of our free HIV prevention education series to students in Sonoma County middle and high schools. 

A special training for school teachers and administrators will take place on Tues., April 4, from 3-4:30 pm in Santa Rosa.

A training for non-educators will take place on Wed., March 29, from 2-4pm in Santa Rosa.

The Speakers’ Bureau is made possible in part to a grant from Sonoma Wine Country Weekend. Face to Face presents the program to students in Santa Rosa with support from the Ernest L. and Ruth W. Finley Foundation.

F2F Feature Film

Face to Face Feature Film

February 3, 2017
Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol

Strike a Pose is a unique documentary that brings together the surviving dancers from Madonna’s Blonde Ambition Tour at the height of her fame in 1990 which was chronicled in the acclaimed documentary Truth Or Dare.  But despite having the word Truth in its title there is much that wasn’t discussed in that film because the dancers were not ready to talk about themselves.  Now the remaining six have been reunited in this powerful story about truth, love, sexuality, and HIV.

Proceeds from the movie benefit F2F HIV prevention & care services programs.

Visit Rialto Cinemas Sebastopol for more details.

National HIV Testing Day

Rapid HIV Testing at Face to Face

Tuesdays through Fridays
9am – 4:30pm at the Face to Face Office

Face to Face offers FREE confidential or anonymous HIV testing at our office located at 873 Second Street in Santa Rosa. We use the rapid HIV test, with results ready in just twenty minutes!