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HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch

HIV/AIDS Care and Treatment Services Overview

For more information, phone 619-293-4700 or send us an email.

This page describes the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Modernization Act (RWTMA)-funded services administered by the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch (HSHB). These services include medical care, treatment and support for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A) in San Diego County who are uninsured or underinsured.

San Diego County receives approximately $12 million in combined RWTMA funding from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) (includes RWTMA Part A and Minority AIDS Initiative [MAI]) and through the California Office of AIDS (RWTMA Part B).

RWTMA funds are the payer of last resort for individuals with limited resources. Overarching goals for all funded programs are 100% access, 0% disparity and improved health outcomes for PLWH/A. Particular focus is given to (1) individuals with HIV disease who know their HIV status and are not receiving primary medical care; and (2) disparities in access and service utilization among affected subpopulations and historically under-served communities.

The San Diego HIV Health Services Planning Council is responsible for allocating local RWTMA funds to specific services for PLWH/A. The 45-member Planning Council, appointed by the County Board of Supervisors, includes consumers, providers and subject-matter experts. Once funds have been received and final service allocations determined by the Planning Council, HSHB ensures that services are available in the community by contracting with various community-based organizations, clinics and other agencies that serve the diverse communities of San Diego County. HSHB routinely monitors the contractors to document that services are delivered appropriately per contract requirements.

The continuum of local RWTMA Part A, Part B and MAI services administered through HSHB include:

Essential Core Medical Services

  • HIV Primary Care: free quality medical care by HIV specialists at community clinics and UCSD
  • Medical Specialty Care, including consults, tests and necessary procedures, available with prior authorization
  • Dental Care
  • Mental Health Treatment: Psychological + Psychiatric Services
  • Substance Abuse Treatment (Outpatient)
  • Home Health / Home Hospice
  • Medical Case Management
  • Early Intervention Services
    • Countywide Integrated Services for Women, Children and Families
      Regional Services
      • Early Intervention Centers (EICs) - coordinated services sites in outlying regions, targeting people of color (3 centers funded directly in North County, South Bay, Southeast San Diego, targeting people of color; 2 other centers operate with other funds)
    • Field Outreach - in all regions - connected to all 6 EICs, including WCF Center
  • MAI Services:
    • Targeted Client Advocacy to link and keep in care:
      • African Americans, including work with faith-based community
      • Latinos
      • Asians/Pacific Islanders and Native Americans
    • Multidisciplinary Team (Case Management, Mental Health Substance Abuse) targeting dually/multiply diagnosed people of color

Support Services: to get or keep PLWH/A in HIV Primary Care & Core Services

  • Housing: Emergency Assistance & Shallow Rent Subsidy (PARS)
  • Residential Substance Abuse Tx
  • Home-Delivered Meals
  • Transportation: assisted (van) and unassisted (passes)
  • Information & Referral (web-based)
  • Emergency Financial Assistance
  • Legal services
  • Representative Payee

For information on specific HIV/AIDS care and treatment service providers, please visit

For information related to the San Diego HIV Planning Council and its committees, including meeting materials and reports, visit the Planning Council website at

For more information on the RWTMA and the services it covers, please visit the HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau website at Information is also available on the California Office of AIDS website at


For more information, phone 619-293-4700 or send us an email.