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!
We 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.
PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis)
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.
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.
Saturday, June 9
Luther Burbank Center for the Arts
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
Visit the Beerfest website for more information or buy your tickets below:
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.
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.
Tuesday, November 29
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