There are currently
57,700people living with HIV in LA County.
Welcome to LACounty.HIV
The Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs is excited to align the LA County HIV/AIDS Strategy with the five-year federal initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic. Stay tuned for website updates on local efforts and how you can take action as a changemaker in your community. Whether you are a community stakeholder, work in government, or are a healthcare professional, you have a role to play in bringing an end to the HIV/AIDS epidemic, once and for all.
MOVING THE NEEDLE WHERE IT COUNTS
The five-year federal initiative, Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America, focuses on four key pillars to end the epidemic: (1) Diagnose people as early as possible, (2) Treat people rapidly and effectively, (3) Prevent new HIV transmissions, and (4) Respond quickly to HIV outbreaks. Through collaboration with key stakeholders and community partners, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs, plans to implement activities that enhance the current HIV portfolio, align with the four pillars, improve HIV-related health outcomes, and prevent new transmissions.
PROGRESS TOWARDS 90% DIAGNOSED GOAL
Increasing HIV status awareness among persons living with HIV infection is critical, as this awareness (i.e., being diagnosed with HIV infection) is necessary to access HIV medical care and support services. In addition, persons unaware of their HIV infection may account for about one third of new infections, so increasing knowledge of HIV status is central to reducing new infections as well as improving health outcomes.
Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a daily pill that is taken by people at high risk for HIV. Taken as prescribed, PrEP can reduce the chance of becoming infected by up to 99%. Increasing the number of individuals who are on PrEP is one of the most effective ways to significantly reduce new HIV infections.
VIRAL SUPPRESSION RATE
Achieving and maintaining viral suppression improves the health of people living with HIV and prevents the transmission of new infections. In fact, data modeling has shown that achieving viral suppression among people living with HIV is the single most effective strategy for reducing new infections and ending the epidemic.
WORKING TOGETHER, WE CAN DO THIS
The Strategy will only be successful with the robust and sustained participation of the full complement of HIV/AIDS stakeholders. We are in this together, and it will take all of our collective efforts to achieve the goals outlined in the strategy and to bring an end to the epidemic in Los Angeles County, once and for all.