There are currently
60,946people living with HIV in LA County.
Welcome to LACounty.HIV
This is more than a website. It is the online home of a movement – the bold effort to significantly reduce the number of new HIV infections in Los Angeles County. Whether you work in government, are a healthcare professional, or are a community stakeholder, 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
Working with its partners, LA County has identified three main goals in the Los Angeles County HIV/AIDS Strategy that, if achieved, will help end the epidemic. Those goals are: (1) Reduce annual infections to 500 by 2022; (2) Increase the proportion of PLWH who are diagnosed to at least 90% by 2022; and (3) Increase the proportion of diagnosed PLWH who are virally suppressed to 90% by 2022. Several key performance indicators will determine if the goals of the Strategy are met. Scroll down to see the importance of the indicators and the impact they will have on the Strategy’s success.
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.