Every time I give a tour at the AIDS foundation I currently work for, I share my status and say out loud, “I am HIV-positive.” But it has not always been easy to say these words to another person. As a matter of fact, it has been very recent since I have decided to reveal my status to anyone else other than my long-time partner and two close friends.

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Four fluids spread HIV into the body and bloodstream of another person:

  • blood
  • semen (including pre-ejaculate)
  • vaginal fluid
  • breast milk (of someone with HIV)

Some people have become infected with HIV from blood transfusions or blood products; however, since 1985, donated blood has been tested so the risk is extremely low.

Unlike colds or flu viruses, HIV is not spread through the air, by touching, or by everyday casual contact. You do not have to worry about getting HIV from:

  • a food server, eating utensils, or food
  • pets or insect bites
  • donating blood
  • using public rest rooms, drinking fountains, or swimming pools
  • an infected person sitting next to you
  • sharing telephones, computers, and gym equipment
  • shaking hands, hugging, or social (dry) kissing where no open sores or cuts are present

The best way to prevent HIV is to know your status. ASF provides free confidential testing. Click here to learn about ASF testing hours and locations and other testing sites around the county.

For more information or to speak confidentially to an ASF Health Educator, please call (949) 809-8771 or via e-mail at: msalas@ocasf.org.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) there are approximately 1 million people living with HIV disease in this country. Over the past two decades an array of medications has been developed to help.  Today, people in the U.S. with HIV have more treatment options than ever before. Each person living with HIV or AIDS needs to consult with an HIV specialist in order to have an appropriate treatment regimen prescribed.

If you would like to learn more about different HIV treatments or to speak confidentially to a Health Educator, please call (949) 809-8774 or via e-mail at: rhernandez@ocasf.org.

The only way to know your status and avoid the possible spread of HIV is to get tested.   If you think you may have been exposed – get tested.

People can become exposed to HIV if:

  • they or their partners have ever had unprotected vaginal, anal, or oral sex
  • they are the sex partner of a man who has sex with men
  • they are the sex partner of an intravenous (I.V.) drug user
  • they have sex for drugs, money or other gifts
  • they have shared unclean needles

Even if you don’t have symptoms, you can transmit the virus to others.  Protect yourself and prevent the spread of HIV to others, especially loved ones.  Get tested. For more information or to speak confidentially to a Health Educator, please call (949) 809-8771 or via e-mail at: msalas@ocasf.org.

ASF and other organizations provide testing sites so you can learn your status.


17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite L Irvine, CA 92614
(949) 809-8775
*Look for the Yellow Sunflower Flag!*

Rapid HIV Testing
Tuesday through Thursday – 3pm to 8pm
Saturdays from 10:00am – 4:00pm
FREE, Anonymous, Confidential. Walk-in basis. No appointment needed. Pre and post- test counseling. Results in about twenty minutes.


1725 W. 17th Street, SANTA ANA
(714) 834-8129 or (714) 834-8180

HIV Testing
Every weekday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
FREE, Anonymous, Confidential. Walk-in basis. No appointment needed. Pre and post- test counseling. Pick-up results in person in about a week.

Every weekday: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm
Tuesdays: 10:00 am – 5:30 pm
FREE, Confidential. Walk-in basis. No appointment needed. Pick-up results in person in about a week. Rapid testing available for qualified candidates.


362 Third Street, Laguna Beach
(949) 494 0761

HIV Testing
Anonymous, Confidential
FEE: $ 5.00
(949) 494-0761 Ext. (45)
Tues & Thurs: 10:00 am – 1:00 pm &  2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 10 am – 2 pm
* HIV results in 20 minutes
*Cost: $30.00
Walk-in basis

Mon -Thursday: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Fridays: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
By Appointment only
FEE: Call for more information


1605 N. Spurgeon Street, Santa Ana, CA 92701
(714) 953-5428 ext. 208

HIV Testing

Wednesdays 2:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursdays 3:00pm to 7:00pm
Saturdays 10:00am to 4:00pm
Mondays, Tuesdays, & Fridays
By Appointment ONLY!

Reported cases of HIV disease in Orange County diagnosed from 1981 – 2015 and compiled by the Orange County Health Care Agency – HIV Disease Surveillance and Monitoring Program.


Persons Diagnosed and Living With HIV Disease

The term HIV disease is used to describe the entire HIV spectrum, from initial HIV infection to advanced HIV disease (also known as AIDS).

12,328 persons have been reported as being infected with HIV disease while living in Orange County. Of these:

  • 300 persons were newly diagnosed with HIV disease in 2015.
  • 66 persons were concurrently diagnosed (tested positive for HIV for the first time AND had an AIDS defining condition such as CD4 count below 200 and/or a diagnosis of a disease that is an indicator condition for AIDS) with AIDS, indicating that the individual was living with HIV disease but unaware of their status for a significant amount of time.

At the end of 2015, there were:

  • 6,287 persons living with HIV disease (PLWHD) who were aware of their HIV status.
  • There were an estimated 801 persons who were unaware of their HIV status.
  • Total estimated number of PLWHD: 7,088


Number and Percent of Total Cases Diagnosed in 2015


  • Male: 278 / 93%
  • Female: 19 / 6%
  • Transgender Male-to-Female: 3 / 1%


  • Black: 12 / 4.0%
  • Hispanic: 153 / 51.0%
  • White: 108 / 36.0%
  • Asian/Pacific Islander: 25 / 8.3%
  • Other/More Than One Race/Unknown: 2 / .7%


  • 0-18 Years: 5 / 1.7%
  • 19-25 Years: 67 / 22.3%
  • 26-35 Years: 100 / 33.3%
  • 36-45 Years: 61 / 20.3%
  • 46-55 Years: 47 / 15.7%
  • 56 Years and Older: 20 / 6.7%

For more information visit ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/hiv.
For additional statistics visit ochealthinfo.com/phs/about/dcepi/hiv/info/stats.
Additional resources available through ocasf.org.



ASF works every day to further its prevention message to everyone in Orange County, especially those at risk. The agency offers Health Education programs to people living with HIV so they can be more productive and live healthier lives.  The agency also makes available prevention programs such as “Positively Speaking” which feature people affected by HIV/AIDS speaking candidly and informatively to students, civic organizations, clubs and anyone interested in learning more about stopping the virus.

For more information about HIV or AIDS, or to speak confidentially to a Health Educator, please contact  ASF’s Health Education Staff:

Martin Salas
Director of Prevention and Health Education
(949-809-8771) msalas@ocasf.org

Randy Hernandez
HIV/Hep C Counseling and Testing Coordinator
(949-809-8774) rhernandez@ocasf.org

Mario Casas Gonzalez
HIV Prevention Specialist
(949-809-5727) mgonzales@ocasf.org

Jonathan Ramirez
HIV Prevention Specialist
(949-809-8770) jramirez@ocasf.org

APAIT Health Center (Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team)

The Center Orange County

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Comprehensive information on AIDS / HIV matters for the U.S.

Mercy House

Orange County Health Care Agency
The Office of HIV Programs (OHP) coordinates HIV/AIDS care, treatment, support services, and HIV/AIDS prevention services for Orange County

Shanti Orange County

Public Law Center

Laguna Beach Community Clinic

Straight Talk, Inc.

United Nations (UN AIDS)
For information on global issues around HIV and AIDS

UCI Department of Health Education

World Health Organization (WHO)
More information about the impact of HIV and AIDS on the world.