FACE to FACE
ending HIV in Sonoma County
To expand our work “ending HIV in Sonoma County while supporting the health and well-being of people living with HIV/AIDS.”
San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus Holiday Spectacular
A Benefit for Face to Face
Saturday, December 16, 2023 | 5pm
Green Music Center
Rediscover the magic of the holidays infused with a heartfelt twist this December at our annual “Holiday Spectacular!” This isn’t your average evening of yuletide carols. Here, each note sung is a whispered promise, a warm embrace in musical form.
While we dazzle you with classic holiday favorites and some new surprises, know that beneath each winter-kissed melody is the underlying message that you are seen, valued, and cared for. Let’s celebrate the season where hearts feel lighter, hope shines brighter, and connections are forged amidst a Bay Area backdrop.
After all, isn’t that what the holidays are truly about? Mark your calendar for a concert experience that blends the enchantment of the season with the transformative power of compassion and community.
We offer comprehensive support services to people living with HIV disease in Sonoma County. All our services are provided free of charge and are completely confidential.
Our doors are open for the following services
Prep Initiation & Prescribing
including Syringe Exchange, Nalaxone, Smoking Supplies
for appointments call Ana Maria at 707-544-1581
Hours: Tuesday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
873 Second Street, Santa Rosa 95404
SONOMA COUNTY IS
ON THE MOVE
TO END HIV
OUR VISION IS A REALITY!
With the generous support of many donors, we were able to purchase and outfit an EV mobile van from which we can now deliver Prevention and Care Services to under-served populations in our region. From this environmentally-friendly van we can perform rapid HIV testing; educate, initiate, and prescribe PrEP; offer harm reduction services; and care for people who cannot access our Face to Face office.
Our Strategic Plan 2023 and Beyond
This new version of our Strategic Plan is more a refresh than a redo, providing us with an opportunity to take stock of our strengths while also taking a step back to identify where our key priorities lie.
The previous iteration of our Strategic Plan helped us weather the COVID-19 pandemic. We were able to meet and even exceed some of our goals, while others felt out of sync in our new “post pandemic” reality.
Four priority themes emerged which run throughout the activities outlined here and serve as our foci for this plan. As much of our work became transactional out of necessity and safety concerns during COVID-19, a key focus for us again are relationships and the people with whom we work.
FACTS ABOUT HIV
In the United States
- over 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the US
- 15% of those people do not know they are HIV-positive
- 38,500 people become newly infected with HIV
- 38% of these infections result from individuals who did not know they had HIV
Getting treated prevents the spread of HIV. When an individual with HIV is consistently engaged with antiretroviral therapy and routine medical care and the level of HIV in their body is undetectable, there is very little risk in transmitting the virus sexually.
Only 51% of people living with HIV in the US are virally suppressed. Engaging in medical care and staying in medical care is crucial for remaining undetectable and untransmittable.
Who is most impacted by HIV?
HIV continues to have a disproportionate impact on racial and ethnic minorities and gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men (MSM).
According to the CDC, if current HIV diagnoses rates persist
- 1 in 2 black MSM
- 1 in 4 Latino MSM
- 1 in 11 white MSM will be diagnosed with HIV during their lifetime.
- Teens and young adults (under 35) accounted for 56% of new HIV diagnoses in 2017 (those ages 13-24 accounted for 21% and those ages 25-34 accounted for 35%).
- The prescription opioid and heroin epidemic has led to increased numbers of people who inject drugs, placing new populations at increased risk for HIV.
This is why prevention education and outreach are so important – so people who know they may be at risk can access PrEP and other prevention services to stay that way.
HIV Negative? Great! Stay that way.
- Get tested regularly. Face to Face offers free, anonymous, rapid oral testing with results in 20 minutes. Due to COVID-19, we are currently unable to provide HIV testing in person. We are now providing in -home HIV tests in both English and Spanish. We are here to support you through the process.
- You must be at least 17 years of age
- You must have a controlled environment to ensure accurate results. We are here to work with you to find a solution if necessary
- Keep up the condom use.
- Check out PrEP (Pre-exposure Prophylaxis). When taken daily, PrEP is over 90 percent effective in preventing HIV infection.
- Finding those who do not know they have HIV.
- Get them into lifesaving care, and virally supressed.
- Educate everyone about the risks of getting HIV.
- Promote regular testing and risk reduction.
- Talk about HIV. Reduce fear and stigma.
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Face to Face
873 Second Street
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
9 AM - 4:30 PM
Rapid HIV Testing
Tuesday to Friday
9:00 A.M. to 4:00 PM