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HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch

HIV and STD Prevention Unit

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

This page provides an overview of community planning and services to prevent the transmission of HIV and STDs in the County of San Diego through the HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch (HSHB) of Public Health Services.

HIV and STD Prevention Services

HIV prevention services focus on strategies and interventions to prevent the spread of HIV infections. There is still no cure for AIDS. However, with recent advances in treatment, more people are living longer lives with HIV infection and AIDS. This means there exists an increasing need for prevention efforts to help those infected maintain safer behaviors and to help others at risk remain uninfected.

HSHB administers funding to provide a range of HIV and STD education and prevention services to people at high risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV and STDs in San Diego County. Funding is provided to HSHB from the California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS, and STD Control Branch. HSHB contracts with community-based organizations to provide HIV and STD education and prevention services. View a list of current providers.

Currently, education and prevention services are offered through a variety of individual, group, and community-level interventions, including:

  • Targeted Prevention Activities (TPA) - Outreach face-to-face or online that occurs in venues where individuals at high risk for acquiring or transmitting HIV and STDs congregate and includes referrals to testing and other support services as well as distribution of materials to prevent HIV and STDs such as condoms, bleach, and educational materials.
  • Group Level Interventions (GLI) - Groups with high-risk individuals, which include information, education, support and skills building to prevent the acquisition or transmission of HIV and STDs.
  • Individual Level Interventions (ILI) - Individual risk counseling is short-term health education and risk reduction counseling provided face-to-face or on-line to one client at a time to prevent the acquisition or transmission of HIV and STDs.
  • Comprehensive Risk Counseling Services (CRCS) - Intensive, ongoing and individualized health education and risk reduction counseling with individuals experiencing problems reducing their risk of acquiring or transmitting HIV and STDs. It is more intensive than individual level interventions with multiple sessions.
  • Partner Counseling and Referral Services (PCRS) - Assistance to support HIV positive individuals in disclosing their HIV status on their own, in the presence of a partner and counselor, or through referral for third-party notification in which the County of San Diego anonymously notifies partners of potential exposure to HIV. View information on PCRS. To notify partners of STDs go to
  • Health Communication Public Information (HCPI) - Presentations and events where HIV and STD health information is provided to the community such as health fairs and presentations in detention facilities. HIV prevention social marketing provides HIV and STD prevention health information to the public through marketing and behavior change campaigns.
  • Training and Technical Assistance (TA) - Training and TA is available to all funded providers of prevention services.

HIV Prevention Community Planning

The HIV Prevention Community Planning Board (Prevention Board) is an advisory committee to the County of San Diego Chief Administrative Officer and Board of Supervisors. Click here for more information about the HIV Prevention Community Planning Board.

The mission of the Prevention Board is to promote risk reduction activities and prevent new HIV infections in the County. This Board supports broad-based community participation in prevention planning, identifies priority prevention needs and creates a comprehensive plan that recommends how resources can most effectively target those at highest risk for the transmission or acquisition of HIV and STDs. The plan is current, evidence-based, refreshed with new information as it becomes available, tailored to the specific needs and resources of the community and widely distributed. View the Comprehensive Plan for HIV Prevention Services for San Diego County 2007-2010.

The Prevention Board is comprised of thirty members representing a variety of service providers and community members. This Board strives to recruit members from communities that are representative of the HIV epidemic in San Diego County including members from different communities of color, sexual orientations, genders, ages, socioeconomic statuses, residents of geographical areas, and experiences with risks associated with HIV.

The Prevention Board has five standing committees: Steering, Prevention Strategies and Evaluation, Continuum of Care, Epidemiology and Target Population, and Membership. In addition, there are five groups designated in an advisory capacity to the Prevention Board: Coalition of Latino HIV Service Providers (CLASP), HIV CARE Partnership, Kemet, Trans Action Advisory Group (TAAG) and Youth Council. These committees and groups advise the Prevention Board on HIV prevention issues pertaining to the groups they represent and have expertise.

The County of San Diego HIV Prevention Community Planning Board welcomes public participation at all board, committee and advisory group meetings. For meeting schedule and locations, please call (619)-293-4700 or go to

STD Community Interventions Program (SCIP)

The STD Community Interventions Program (SCIP) collaborates with community-based organizations to increase awareness of STDs and assist them in incorporating STD prevention into their work with youth. SCIP collaborative partners include school districts, community-based organizations and clinical service providers. SCIP services include community assessments of high morbidity areas, hosting trainings, providing resources, and determining local needs to build knowledge and skills around STD prevention through training, technical assistance and other interventions.

Chlamydia Screening Project (ClaSP)

The Chlamydia Screening Project's (ClaSP) goal is to screen females admitted into County of San Diego Juvenile Hall for chlamydia. Females who test positive are treated in the detention facility and if released prior to receiving their test results, County Field Services staff follows up to notify these youth to get treated.

Syphilis Elimination Effort (SEE)

The Syphilis Elimination Effort (SEE) is part of a national initiative that brings together health care providers, policy makers, community leaders, and state and local public health agencies to reduce syphilis rates in the United States. These entities work together with the goal to control this devastating disease, reduce the transmission of HIV, and protect unborn infants. Local syphilis prevention efforts include expanding syphilis screening opportunities for at-risk populations, providing education and information through social marketing, and collaborative efforts with community-based organizations and medical providers.


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