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Pasadena, CA 91103
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HIV/STD Services

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The HIV/STD Education and Prevention Services Program at the Pasadena Public Health Department provides a wide range of education and prevention services related to HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Our staff works closely with the Andrew Escajeda Comprehensive Care Services to provide HIV/STD-related services. The program aims to increase awareness of HIV and STDs and to decrease the social stigma by empowering individuals to protect themselves and the community through knowledge, understanding, and risk-reduction.

Some of the services offered by the HIV/STD Education & Prevention Services Program include HIV counseling and testing services, mobile unit HIV counseling and testing, health education risk reduction services, and an STD community intervention program (SCIP).

The Pasadena Public Health Department is an official enrollment site for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).  ADAP is a State prescription drug assistance program funded by Ryan White CARE legislation and state funds.  ADAP recipients may be provided medications to treat HIV disease or prevent related serious deterioration of health.

Effective July 1, 2016, ADAP began working with new contractors, including Magellan Rx Management for pharmacy benefits management.  Please contact an ADAP Enrollment Worker at (626) 744-6339 for more information or if you require assistance with enrollment or pharmacy benefits.

Eligibility Requirements 

You may be eligible for ADAP if:

  • You are a resident of the State of California
  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • You have an HIV diagnosis (ADAP will only process prescriptions written by a licensed California physician)
  • You have a Modified Adjusted Gross Income that does not exceed 500% Federal Poverty Level, based on family size and household income
  • You are not fully covered by or eligible for Medi-Cal or any other third-party payer

You may be eligible for ADAP’s insurance assistance programs (OA-HIPP or Medicare Part D) if:

  • You are enrolled in ADAP
  • You are taking the full advance premium tax credit, if applicable; and
  • You are not receiving 100% assistance from Medicare’s Extra Help/Full Low Income Subsidy (LIS)

Under certain circumstances, ADAP may be able to provide assistance in meeting your private insurance co-payment or insurance deductible obligations for medications which are on the ADAP formulary (list of covered drugs).

You may be required to apply for Medi-Cal as part of your ADAP application process.  Under some circumstances, ADAP can assist you in meeting your Medi-Cal Share of Cost obligation for ADAP covered medications.

 

The HIV/STD Education and Prevention Services Program at the Pasadena Public Health Department provides a wide range of education and prevention services related to HIV and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The program aims to increase awareness of HIV and STDs and to decrease the social stigma by empowering individuals to protect themselves and the community through knowledge, understanding, and risk-reduction.

Some of the services offered by the HIV/STD Education & Prevention Services Program include HIV counseling and testing services, mobile unit HIV counseling and testing, health education risk reduction services, and an STD community intervention program (SCIP).

HIV Counseling & Testing
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The Social and Mental Health Division offers free*, confidential on-demand HIV testing.  Testing is on a first come, first served basis.   Walk-in clients are welcomed; however, appointments are required for court-mandated HIV testing.  Please call (626) 744-6339 to confirm testing availability.  AECCS uses the OraQuick Rapid tests to provide results within 20 minutes.

The completely confidential testing process requires a fingerstick sample of blood and involves pre- and post-test counseling with a California State Certified Counselor.  Test results are kept in a confidential file. California state laws protect this result from being disclosed to anyone but the individual being tested. Clients may request a written result with their name; such documentation may be required by courts or other HIV/AIDS providers.

*Fees may apply for court-mandated HIV testing.  Please call us at (626) 744-6339 for more information.

HOURS: 

Monday – Thursday: 9:00am to 12:00pm, and 1:30pm to 5:00pm
Every other Friday: 9:00am to 12:00pm, and 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Walk-ins accepted on a first come, first served basis.  Appointments are required for court-mandated HIV testing.  Please call (626) 744-6339 for a court-mandated HIV testing appointment.

Please note that testing hours are subject to change without notice.

Mobile HIV Testing
The Social and Mental Health Division is available to provide mobile HIV testing services and outreach throughout Pasadena and the San Gabriel Valley.  The Division has participated in several health fairs and street outreach events.

To schedule the Social and Mental Health Division’s mobile unit for your event or business, please contact Sandra Olivas at (626) 744-6098 or solivas@cityofpasadena.net or Erika Davies at (626) 744-6324 or edavies@cityofpasadena.net.

Health Education Risk-Reduction
The HIV/STD Education & Prevention Services can provide HIV/AIDS Education and Risk-Reduction sessions by trained facilitators who provide a broad overview of HIV and STD prevention.  Some topics covered may include:

  • HIV/AIDS transmission
  • STD information
  • Safer sex
  • Condom negotiation
  • Correlations between STDs and HIV
  • Correlations between substance use and HIV
  • HIV testing promotion
  • Healthy sexual living
  • Self-esteem issues
  • Women’s healthcare issues

The curriculum is developed to be flexible and to meet your needs, either in an individual setting or for community groups.  If your organization is interested in hosting an HIV 101 or Introduction to STDs training session, please contact Sandra Olivas at (626) 744-6098 or solivas@cityofpasadena.net.

STD Community Intervention Program (SCIP)
SCIP is a statewide program funded by the State of California STD Control Branch aimed at building the capacity for community agencies to integrate STD information into their programs and services. Through SCIP, agencies may receive training and technical assistance from the Public Health Department and the California STD/HIV Prevention Training Center. For more information, or to schedule a presentation about SCIP, please contact the Social and Mental Health Division at (626) 744-6339.
The Pasadena Public Health Department is dedicated to maintaining a close relationship with its health professional partners within the community by providing timely and accurate health information, and facilitating mandated disease reporting requirements.

In California and the rest of the United States, Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections are reported through a combination of passive and active surveillance. Passive surveillance is conducted through state required reporting of HIV and AIDS cases by health care providers and reporting of HIV-positive test results from laboratories to Local Health Departments (LHDs), including the Pasadena Public Health Department. PPHD also conducts active surveillance with routine visits to hospitals, physician offices, laboratories, counseling and testing (C&T) clinics, and outpatient clinics to ensure completeness, timeliness, and accuracy of reported data.

HIV infection at all stages is reportable within seven calendar days. For HIV/AIDS reporting, please fax a completed Confidential Case Report Form to (626) 744-6191. For complete HIV-specific reporting requirements, see Title 17, CCR, §2641.30-2643.20. If you have questions regarding HIV/AIDS disease reporting and surveillance call (626) 744-6028.

Operation Link is a part of a multisite evaluation, funded by a Health Resources and Services Administration Special Project of National Significance (SPNS) grant.  It focuses on engaging and retaining HIV positive homeless or unstably housed individuals co-diagnosed with a mental health or substance abuse disorder into medical homes that provide HIV primary care, behavioral health, housing, and care coordination services.

Operation Link is a short-term program, designed to help homeless, dually diagnosed (mental health or substance abuse disorder) HIV positive individuals get linked to long-term medical care, mental health/substance abuse care, and housing.  Peer Care Navigators work as advocates to help improve client care through intensive case management/navigation, peer support, and linkage to care and supportive services, such as housing, transportation, and food services.

Additionally, the Social and Mental Health Division is available to provide technical assistance and training for organizations and agencies that are interested in implemented peer-based programs for various special population.

If you or someone you know may qualify for the program or your agency is interested in technical assistance or training and would like more information, please contact us at (626) 744-6339 or email Erika Davies at edavies@cityofpasadena.net.