CA Dept. of Health and Human Services & State Office of AIDS: Stop Elimination of HIV/AIDS Testing Funds to Santa Barbara County
  • Petitioning Ron Chapman

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Director, CA Dept. of Public Health
Ron Chapman
Deputy Director, Center for Infectious Diseases
Gil Chavez
Secretary, CA Dept. of Health & Human Services
Diana Dooley
Legislative Assistant, Office of the Governor
Michael Pimentel
Deputy Legislative Secretary, Office of the Governor
Lark Park
Chief, CA Office of AIDS
Karen Mark
Assistant Chief, CA Office of AIDS
Brian Lew
HIV Prevention, CA Office of AIDS
Sandy Simms
HIV Prevention, CA Office of AIDS
Alessandra Ross
Executive Director, Pacific Pride Foundation
David Selberg
HIV Prevention, CA Office of AIDS
Carol Crump
US Congress
Congresswoman Lois Capps
California-019
State Sen. Hannah-Beth Jackson
California-037
State Rep. Das Williams

CA Dept. of Health and Human Services & State Office of AIDS: Stop Elimination of HIV/AIDS Testing Funds to Santa Barbara County

    1. Petition by

      Pacific Pride Foundation

HIV/AIDS program funding is once again on the chopping block.

Despite the fact that funding is already lower than needed to adequately provide the services under the HIV testing and prevention program in our County, State Officials are once again considering decreasing, or potentially cutting altogether, HIV/AIDS program funding to mid-size counties.

The value of human life, in reference to HIV infection rates, should not be based on the size of the community or city one lives in. Human life in small and mid-size counties is just as important as in larger cities.

Without HIV testing funds, we would have to rely on clients being referred to us after they are diagnosed HIV positive either in the emergency room setting, or after being hospitalized with advanced AIDS. The testing and outreach component is essential in finding and diagnosing HIV positive people.

Elimination or further cuts to core HIV testing programs does not make the increased infections rates disappear and would greatly impact our highest risk populations.

Please take a moment to sign our petition to the CA Department of Health and Human Services and the State Office of AIDS. These folks report directly to the Governor and State Legislature. We must let them know that funding basic HIV/AIDS testing and prevention services in mid-size counties like Santa Barbara cannot be eliminated, ignored, or overlooked. Thank you once again!

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 7 months ago

      An ex-tenant began to terrorize us because we have noticed that he is a drug addict and probably that he has AIDS. We think he didn't tell his girlfriends and his wife anything! He infected them deliberately with Aids.

      AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections.

      Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 34 million people living with HIV and AIDS worldwide.

      Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome, shortened AIDS, is caused by HIV. Some people may refer to AIDS as advanced HIV infection.

      HIV is a virus that gradually attacks immune system cells. As HIV progressively damages these cells, the body becomes more vulnerable to infections, which it will have difficulty in fighting off. It is at the point of very advanced HIV infection that a person is said to have AIDS. If left untreated, it can take around ten years before HIV has damaged the immune system enough for AIDS to develop.

      A person is diagnosed with AIDS when they have developed an AIDS related condition or symptom, called an opportunistic infection, or an AIDS related cancer. The infections are called ‘opportunistic’ because they take advantage of the opportunity offered by a weakened immune system.

      It is possible for someone to be diagnosed with AIDS even if they have not developed an opportunistic infection. AIDS can be diagnosed when the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in the blood of an HIV positive person drops below a certain level.

      Worryingly, many people think there is a 'cure' for HIV, the virus that causes AIDS - which perhaps makes them take risks that they otherwise wouldn't. However, there is still no cure for HIV. The only way to ensure that you avoid AIDS is to be aware of how HIV is transmitted and how to prevent HIV infection.

      However, people can take antiretroviral treatment, which suppresses the HIV virus. This can prevent them from reaching a point where they are diagnosed with AIDS. Also, in some cases, it is possible for a person who has an AIDS diagnosis to regain a strong immune system with antiretroviral therapy. However, once somebody is diagnosed with AIDS, officially they keep this diagnosis for life even though in reality an opportunistic infection may be cured or the number of immune system cells (CD4 cells) in their blood may increase to recommended levels

      Since the first cases of AIDS were identified in 1981, more than 30 million people have died from AIDS. An estimated 1.7 million people died as a result of AIDS in 2011 alone.

      Although there is no cure for AIDS, HIV infection can be prevented, and those living with HIV can take antiretroviral drugs to prevent or delay the onset of AIDS. However, in many countries across the world access to prevention and treatment services is limited. Global leaders have pledged to work towards universal access to HIV prevention and care, so that millions of deaths can be averted.

      How is AIDS treated?

      HIV TreatmentAntiretroviral treatment can significantly prolong the lives of people living with HIV. Modern combination therapy is highly effective and someone with HIV who is taking treatment could live for the rest of their life without developing AIDS.

      An AIDS diagnosis does not necessarily equate to a death sentence. Many people can still benefit from starting antiretroviral therapy even once they have developed an AIDS defining illness. Better treatment and prevention for opportunistic infections have also helped to improve the quality and length of life for those diagnosed with AIDS.

      Treating some opportunistic infections is easier than others. Infections such as herpes zoster and candidiasis of the mouth, throat or vagina, can be managed effectively in most environments. On the other hand, more complex infections such as toxoplasmosis, need advanced medical equipment and infrastructure, which are lacking in many resource-poor areas.

      It is also important that treatment is provided for AIDS related pain, which is experienced by almost all people in the very advanced stages of HIV infection.

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    • Ignacio Meza SANTA BARBARA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      This is a big resource to our younger generation. There is limited resources in SB that offer this service.

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    • Claire Frandsen FENTON, MO
      • 10 months ago

      I've always been passionate about HIV/AIDS awareness. In college, a friend once asked me, "Why do you care?" Because of situations like this. Stigmas are still out there and help is still needed.

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    • Laura McElhinney-Wilkinson SANTA BARBARA,, CA
      • 10 months ago

      Close to home. Eliminating funds for testing could be drastic and cause a lot of heartache and strife that can be prevented.

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    • Kristy Raihn GOLETA, CA
      • 10 months ago

      HIV Testing and Education is key to a healthy community.

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