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About Get Tested Coachella Valley

Get Tested Coachella Valley is a region-wide public health campaign dedicated to dramatically reducing HIV by making voluntary HIV testing standard and routine medical practice and ensuring linkage to care.

We encourage all adolescents and adults in the Coachella Valley to ask your healthcare provider for an HIV test — or get a free, confidential HIV test at events and community locations throughout the Coachella Valley

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  • More than half of Coachella Valley residents have never been tested for HIV.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately one in eight people with HIV does not know they are infected.
  • The prevalence of HIV in our valley is more than twice the national rate – putting everyone at greater risk.

Get Tested Coachella Valley community partners include the Riverside County Department of Public Health; major regional hospitals; local medical clinics, doctors and pharmacies; leaders of community- and faith-based organizations, local government, educational institutions, businesses, foundations; and caring individuals.

Join with us.  Together, we can launch the beginning of the end for HIV in our community.

The Get Tested Coachella Valley campaign is committed to:

  • Removing fear, judgment, and stigma by making HIV testing a medical standard-of-care for all adolescents and adults;
  • Making HIV testing and access to HIV care available to everyone, including those who don’t see a doctor on a regular basis;
  • Educate the community on how protect their health and prevent infection.

Why is Get Tested Coachella Valley Needed?

Behavioral studies have shown that those who do not know they are HIV-positive are more likely to engage in risk behaviors associated with HIV transmission, whereas people who test HIV-positive take steps to keep others from being exposed to the virus. Our region has reason to have even greater concern with HIV transmission than most of the U.S.:

  • Over half of Coachella Valley residents have never been tested for HIV (HARC 2013).
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that approximately one in eight people with HIV does not know they are infected.
  • The prevalence of HIV in our valley is more than twice the national rate – putting everyone at greater risk.

The Experts Agree

An international study, hailed by the journal Science as the “2011 Breakthrough of the Year,” has proven it:  The spread of HIV can be reduced up to 96%. If an individual who is HIV positive takes the right medications, he or she may become up to 96% less likely to pass the virus to others.

Routine HIV testing for all American adults and adolescents is recommended by organizations including:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
  • amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

“The job of implementing the National HIV/AIDS Strategy … does not fall to the Federal Government alone, nor should it. Success will require the commitment of all parts of society, including State, tribal and local governments, businesses, faith communities, philanthropy, the scientific and medical com¬munities, educational institutions, people living with HIV, and others.”  From the National HIV/AIDS Strategy issued by President Obama in 2010.

How We Will Succeed

The Get Tested Coachella Valley action plan combines four powerful strategies:

  • Engage the local healthcare community (hospitals, clinics, doctors, pharmacies) to make HIV testing standard, with routine referrals to care as necessary;
  • Expand the network of HIV and STD/STI testing sites (including mobile units) to reach individuals at higher risk and those who lack regular contact with healthcare providers;
  • Create a new, regional Linkage to Care Network that enables providers to quickly and easily refer their patients, ensuring that any individual who tests positive for HIV receives needed medical treatment and appropriate care and counseling.
  • Educate and motivate the general public and target populations through both social and traditional media.

By combining routine HIV testing and linkage to care, Get Tested Coachella Valley offers a highly effective means of prevention and a realistic, achievable path to dramatic reductions in HIV transmission.