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AIDS Services Foundation Orange County offers two testing locations – one in Irvine and one in Santa Ana. For details, click on the images below.

Irvine Location:


 

 

 

 

Santa Ana Location:

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is PrEP?

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis or PrEP, is a daily pill that is used to prevent HIV in someone who is HIV negative. PrEP is extremely effective at protecting from an HIV transmission; however, this only works when the pill is taken every day. PrEP was FDA approved in 2012 and multiple research studies have confirmed its effectiveness, showing protection rates of up to 99{27c2baa229355730bbbcc9c6ad836d70088874ea5ac392b834ff94884c2b5f2d}.

PrEP must be taken for 7-20 days to build up protection. Side effects occur in about 10{27c2baa229355730bbbcc9c6ad836d70088874ea5ac392b834ff94884c2b5f2d} of people and vary from individual to individual; however, those effects go away within a few days after starting the medication and are usually mild.

 

Why take PrEP?

PrEP is an effective tool that can help protect an individual from an HIV transmission, whether through sexual contact or intravenous drug use with needle-sharing. It is important to note that even though PrEP prevents HIV it does not prevent STIs or pregnancies, so condoms, safe sex and safe needle practices should still be utilized.

 

Who can take PrEP?

Men, women, and transgender individuals are all able to take PrEP without any change in effectiveness of the medication. If you are sexually active and have more than one partner, or your partner has more than one partner, and you do not wear condoms consistently then PrEP may be an option for you.

Also, if you are an intravenous drug user and do not use clean needles every time, PrEP could also be an option.

 

I want PrEP. What is the process?

Contact Ryan, ASF PrEP Navigator, at (949) 590-5310 to get set up.

  1. We will go over PrEP in more detail and explain the process.
  2. We then provide a list of doctors who prescribe PrEP based on your insurance and help you set up an appointment.
  3. On your first doctor visit, a metabolic panel to assess liver and kidney function and an HIV test to make sure you are negative will occur.
  4. If the results come out clear, the doctor will prescribe PrEP for 3 months.
  5. You would then come in once every 3 months for a repeat metabolic panel and HIV test, as well as getting the next set of prescriptions.

Even those who do not have insurance can get on PrEP! Please don’t let this be a barrier to being proactive about your health. We can help.

 

Hepatitis C: Who Should Get Tested?

  • Anyone who has ever injected drugs
  • Anyone with medical conditions such as chronic liver disease, HIV/AIDS
  • Anyone who received donated blood or organs before 1992
  • Anyone born between 1945 and 1965
  • Anyone with abnormal liver tests or liver disease
  • Anyone on hemodialysis
  • Anyone born to a mother with Hepatitis C
  • Health and safety workers who have been exposed to blood on the job through a needlestick or injury with a sharp object

Hepatitis C testing offered to qualified individuals only.

 

 

Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing and prevention can be done at ASF’s satellite location, RADAR.

  • Free
  • Anonymous
  • Confidential
  • Pre- and post-test counseling
  • Results in about 20 minutes

If you are a Latino gay or bisexual man between the ages of 18 and 49, you can receive a $5 gift card for getting tested here. Walk-ins welcome, no appointment necessary.

2708 Westminster Ave Suite 110

Santa Ana, CA 92706

Phone: 714-868-5601

Testing Hours:

  • Sunday – closed
  • Monday – 11 am to 7 pm
  • Tuesday – 11 am to 7 pm
  • Wednesday – 11 am to 7 pm
  • Thursday – closed
  • Friday – closed
  • Saturday – 9 am to 3 pm

 

Hepatitis C: Who Should Get Tested?

  • Anyone who has ever injected drugs
  • Anyone with medical conditions such as chronic liver disease, HIV/AIDS
  • Anyone who received donated blood or organs before 1992
  • Anyone born between 1945 and 1965
  • Anyone with abnormal liver tests or liver disease
  • Anyone on hemodialysis
  • Anyone born to a mother with Hepatitis C
  • Health and safety workers who have been exposed to blood on the job through a needlestick or injury with a sharp object

 

Free HIV and Hepatitis C testing and prevention can be done at:

17982 Sky Park Circle, Suite M

Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 949-809-8775

Testing Hours (different from regular ASF Office hours):

  • Tuesday – Thursday, 12 pm to 8 pm
  • Saturday, 10 am to 4 pm

Walk-ins welcome. Results in about 20 minutes.

Hepatitis C: Who Should Get Tested?

  • Anyone who has ever injected drugs
  • Anyone with medical conditions such as chronic liver disease, HIV/AIDS
  • Anyone who received donated blood or organs before 1992
  • Anyone born between 1945 and 1965
  • Anyone with abnormal liver tests or liver disease
  • Anyone on hemodialysis
  • Anyone born to a mother with Hepatitis C
  • Health and safety workers who have been exposed to blood on the job through a needlestick or injury with a sharp object

UPDATE YOUR STATUS

1 IN 5 GAY MEN IS HIV POSITIVE
IN MOST METROPOLITAN AND SUBURBAN AREAS.

KNOWING YOUR STATUS CAN ALLOW YOU TO STAY HEALTHIER FOR LONGER, WHETHER YOU TEST POSITIVE OR NOT.
GET TESTED TODAY.

 

ASF provides mental health counseling to anyone in need. If you test positive, or even if you don’t, we have trained professionals you can speak with.

In California, anyone aged 12 or older can get HIV testing without parental consent.

The Affordable Care Act requires that HIV testing be provided to anyone aged 15-65, without charge if you currently have insurance, medicaid or medicare. For more information, see the Department of Health and Human Services’ Preventative Care webpage.

If you need to find an anonymous and free testing center outside of Orange County, the Centers for Disease Control offer this testing center search tool for anywhere in the United States.

UPDATE YOUR STATUS

ARE YOU SURE YOU KNOW EVERYTHING ABOUT HIM?

KNOWING YOUR STATUS CAN ALLOW YOU TO STAY HEALTHIER FOR LONGER, WHETHER YOU TEST POSITIVE OR NOT.
GET TESTED TODAY.

 

ASF provides mental health counseling to anyone in need. If you test positive, or even if you don’t, we have trained professionals you can speak with.

In California, anyone aged 12 or older can get HIV testing without parental consent.

The Affordable Care Act requires that HIV testing be provided to anyone aged 15-65, without charge if you currently have insurance, medicaid or medicare. For more information, see the Department of Health and Human Services’ Preventative Care webpage.

If you need to find an anonymous and free testing center outside of Orange County, the Centers for Disease Control offer this testing center search tool for anywhere in the United States.

UPDATE YOUR STATUS

YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR MORE THAN JUST YOU.
GET TESTED, PROTECT YOUR FAMILY.

KNOWING YOUR STATUS CAN ALLOW YOU TO STAY HEALTHIER FOR LONGER, WHETHER YOU TEST POSITIVE OR NOT.
GET TESTED TODAY.

 

ASF provides mental health counseling to anyone in need. If you test positive, or even if you don’t, we have trained professionals you can speak with.

In California, anyone aged 12 or older can get HIV testing without parental consent.

The Affordable Care Act requires that HIV testing be provided to anyone aged 15-65, without charge if you currently have insurance, medicaid or medicare. For more information, see the Department of Health and Human Services’ Preventative Care webpage.

If you need to find an anonymous and free testing center outside of Orange County, the Centers for Disease Control offer this testing center search tool for anywhere in the United States.

NOTE:  Below is a description for our 2016 OCRA Century Route.  We are in the process of finalizing the 2017 Route.  While not exactly accurate for 2017, the following information will give you a good idea of what to expect.

The Orange County Ride for AIDS Century Ride route has been designed with the experienced rider in mind.

 

The OCRA Century Ride is a beautiful route created for those who love cycling and enjoy the beautiful areas we get to ride in.

This ride travels up through Tustin into the beautiful hills of the City of Orange. Head through Santiago and Live Oak Canyons and enjoy wonderful views of the back country of Orange County. Upon exiting the canyons, the 1984 Olympic route awaits you and you’ll ride a modified version of the course before stopping for lunch.

You’ll encounter the beautiful South Orange County cities of Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Rancho Mission Viejo, and San Juan Capistrano after lunch before reaching the Pacific Ocean.

Enjoy coastal views as you wind your way through the wonderful beach communities. You’ll soon reach the River trail where tail winds will carry you back toward your starting point.

 

 

 

Registration for the Century Ride opens at 7:00 am.

To view the pages of other available routes, select a link below.

 

NOTE:  Below is a description for our 2016 OCRA Metric Route.  We are in the process of finalizing the 2017 Route.  While not exactly accurate for 2017, the following information will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Intermediate to experienced riders will find this ride to be a satisfying challenge. Not quite as gruelling as our Century Ride, the Metric Century Ride route will still offer riders a challenge that may not require as much preparation.

 

This year our 64.5 mile Metric Century Ride is better than ever! This ride will travel through Tustin into the beautiful hills of the City of Orange. As you head through Santiago and Live Oak Canyons, enjoy the wonderful views of the back country of Orange County. Upon exiting the canyons, the 1984 Olympic route awaits you and you’ll ride through the official start/finish line before stopping for lunch.

After lunch, you’ll encounter the rolling hills of Mission Viejo and Aliso Viejo before heading to Laguna Beach for some wonderful coastal riding. As you near the finish and ride through the undulating hills of Newport Beach, you’ll pass UCI and descend down toward your starting point.

Registration for the Metric Century Ride opens at 7:00 am.

To view the pages of the other available routes, select a link below.

Returning for the 2017 Orange County Ride for AIDS, this “no-spandex-necessary” route is perfect for families and/or casual riders looking to get involved in healthy and easily accomplished activities that serve a cause, as well! This ride will give you a taste of what OCRA is about and we’re certain that next year you’ll want to taste even more!

 

The 30-mile Fun Ride is designed to give newer riders a taste of why Orange County is such a fantastic place to ride bikes. This year’s route will start out riding past UCI to the back bay before heading through the beautiful rolling hills of Bonita Canyon. As you ride you will pass by Mariner’s Church and UCI…take a moment to enjoy the beautiful area you are riding through. Continue through the area of Shady Canyon with panoramic views of rolling hills, golf courses, and the cities of Tustin and Irvine. Then wind your way through the tree lined streets of Irvine up to the Orchard Hills area before heading back toward your starting point. The Taste of OCRA route is both challenging and enjoyable for all levels of riders..

This ride can definitely be accomplished with very little advanced preparation though some pre-conditioning is recommended.

The Taste of OCRA Ride departs at 7:00 am.

To view the pages of other available routes, select a link below.

Around ASF Blog
Volume 1 / Entry 14
May 17, 2012

Hello friends,

Well, it’s happened again.

Since the beginning of April, as part of our messaging for AIDS Walk Orange County, we have been calling this period in the agency’s history “The Beginning of the End of AIDS in Orange County.” We are refocusing our direction and vision from looking at what we can do to help those already infected with HIV/AIDS to concentrating and redoubling our prevention and education efforts. And outreach efforts will be focused on the communities most at risk in the county.

If we stop new infections today, this epidemic, like all others, will kill itself off. The simple fact is that HIV cannot live outside the body. It also dies along with its host. If we contain the virus now, it will cease to exist in our lifetime.

On Wednesday, May 23, the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus, in conjunction with amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and AVAC: Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention, will conduct a Capitol Hill briefing on the research agenda necessary to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. What is the briefing called? “Beginning to End the AIDS Epidemic: What’s the Research Agenda?”

I’m glad that Congress is finally jumping on the bandwagon to end AIDS, not just treat it. However, I wish they would also give me and ASF credit for giving them the idea to begin the end. All kidding aside, hopefully this briefing will lead to action and not just be informative.

In the invitation from amfAR, the briefing is described as an exploration of “the research agenda needed to bring the epidemic to a close, with special focus on a review of the status of existing and upcoming scientific research, including work being done on microbicides, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), treatment as prevention, vaccines, and the search for a cure for HIV/AIDS. In presentations and in a moderated discussion, the panel will review recent research results, translating research into practice, and the importance of engaging communities, especially those at highest risk of acquiring HIV, in the research agenda.”

So, here’s to the Congressional HIV/AIDS Caucus. From 3,000 miles away, we welcome you to the “Beginning of the End of AIDS.” May we all see it come to fruition in this lifetime!

Thanks for reading!

Marc Montminy
Director of Communications and Public Relations