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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.

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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.

 

 

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.

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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

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Volume 1 / Entry 13
May 2, 2012

Hello friends,

We’ve all heard the iconic message that precedes an irritating buzz/beep on our televisions and radios. “This is a test. This is only a test.” The beep/buzz sounds for about as long as you think you can stand it and then it ends. It’s followed by a long spiel that many of us can recite word for word…”This was a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. Had this been an actual emergency, the attention signal you just heard would have been followed by, blah, blah, blah.” Well, sometimes a test is more than a test. Sometimes what follows the test is just as important as the test itself, if not more so.

Next month, AIDS Services Foundation will embark on a new campaign to raise funds for our HIV Testing program. Don’t worry. I’m not going to ask you for money…yet. The campaign isn’t even formulated completely in my head. I bring it up because, as important as the test itself and the results actually are, something that tends to mean more to those getting tested is the counseling that goes along with it.

ASF’s various HIV testing coordinators, health educators and testing volunteers play a crucial social role in the process of getting tested. It’s not all technical. Whether it’s calming fears, imparting advice or alleviating the stress of the unknown, our testers at the agency and out in the field excel at the personal touch required when delivering someone’s HIV status.

Positive tests aren’t the only ones that require counsel. It’s definitely very important that those individuals who test positive for HIV get sent in the right direction to access care and receive information about preventing the spread of the disease. However, those who test negative, who have dodged the bullet as they say, also need to be made aware of the risks to which they have opened themselves and how to avoid the possibility of facing those risks again. As we all know, these matters can’t be handled by talking down to someone or lecturing them. It’s all very delicate.

I am writing to acknowledge the very special ASF employees and volunteers that conduct HIV testing for the agency. They represent us very well in the community and the work they do is not easy.

If you want to meet all of our testers, please come down to AIDS Walk this Sunday. They will all be there conducting testing and post-testing counseling in the festival area after the walk. And if you happen to receive a request in the mail in the next few months for financial support of our HIV testing program, please consider donating to the campaign to help us reach even more people in 2013.

For more information on HIV testing, please visit the ASF website. If you’d like to join us at AIDS Walk, click here for all the information.

Thanks for reading!

Marc Montminy
Director of Communications and Public Relations

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Volume 1 / Entry 8
March 29, 2012

Hello friends,

ASF has just begun collaboration with the Mexican Consulate in Santa Ana. ASF health educators will be at the consulate once a month to provide HIV testing, free of charge, to anyone who desires to know their status.

This is extremely important in this community which is most heavily affected by new HIV infections in Orange County. Of course it’s important for people to get tested and be aware of their status. We all know that much is true. But even more important for this community, is to have HIV out in the open for people to see.

HIV and AIDS have a debilitating stigma in the Latino community. No one wants to talk about it, whether they are infected or not. The use of condoms during sexual contact to protect oneself from infection is not openly discussed. Thus, the virus is allowed to proliferate.

ASF has hosted health fairs and offered testing at the Mexican Consulate many times in the past, most recently during National Latino AIDS Awareness Day activities last October. We have a very good relationship with them thanks in no small part to these outreach activities. However, we expect, with the normalization of testing at the consulate, the effect on the community’s view of the disease will be nothing short of miraculous.

With a testing site appearing at the consulate monthly, it will significantly reduce the stigma of the disease in the eyes of the community. Hopefully, it may even start a dialogue among Santa Ana’s Latino residents.

Of the few methods we have to combat the disease, education outreach and testing are THE most important. This is especially true in a community that would just as soon sweep a diagnosis under the carpet than talk about it and get help. Hopefully, this program with the Mexican Consulate will foster new attitudes about HIV and AIDS in the community.

By the way, ASF provided 22 free, rapid HIV tests at our first day at the consulate. A good start!

Thanks for reading!

Marc Montminy
Director of Communications and Public Relations