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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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#GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 3
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 29, toward our $15,000 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 $37.50 and $50
To buy tickets

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.