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