In 2007 all general fund support was removed from state AIDS Programs. There are few services left offered by the County.
For Information about the HIV and AIDS services still offered in the County please contact the:
Access Support Network
1320 Nipomo St.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
NOTE: On April 17,2006, The Governor signed legislation to make HIV reportable BY NAME throughout California. Effective immediately, all health care providers and laboratories should become aware of new reporting processes, including the patient's name on each new viral load or HIV test report before submission to San Luis Obispo County's HIV/AIDS Surveillance Coordinator. For further information contact the Public Health Department at 805-781-5500.
FREE (If you meet requirements) and ANONYMOUS TESTING
Access Support Network
1320 Nipomo St. (in SLO)
Wednesdays from 1pm- 4pm
Friday from 11am-3pm
San Luis Obispo County Public Health
2180 Johnson Ave. (in SLO)
(inside the Old General Hospital
follow the family Planning signs)
Mondays from 4 pm-6 pm
The following sites offer testing with some additional requirements and/or payment. Please call the sites for more information.
Fam Pact, sliding scale
SLO: 705 Grand Ave
Open until 5:30 M&Th
AG: 1152 E. Grand Ave.
Open until 6 on Tuesday
Cal Poly Health Services
For Cal-Poly Students
San Luis Obispo
FamPact, MediCal, sliding scale
743 Pismo Street in SLO
The Center - SLO EOC
705 Grand Ave
1152 E. Grand Ave
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. How does someone get HIV?
A. The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is most often spread by an infected person during unprotected sex between two people, or by sharing needles. HIV is spread when blood, semen (including pre-ejaculate), vaginal fluid, or the breast milk of someone with HIV gets into the body and bloodstream of another person. Some people have gotten HIV from blood transfusions or blood products; however, donated blood has been tested since 1983, so the risk is now extremely low.
Q. What is the difference between HIV and AIDS?
A. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). Someone with HIV usually does not develop AIDS immediately; many people will not experience the first symptoms of AIDS for 5-8 years after contracting HIV. AIDS is characterized by the collapse of the body's immune system, making them more susceptible to contagious diseases such as pneumonia.
Q: How do I get tested for HIV?
A: Testing sites are listed above.
Q: What services are available to people with HIV in our community?
A: Many services are available to people with HIV. The best way to access these services is to call the AIDS Support Network (805) 781-3660
Q. How do I safely dispose of my home generated needles and syringes?
A. Use an approved Sharps container (free from SLO County pharmacies) to put used sharps in. When it is full, seal it and return it to any San Luis Obispo County pharmacy for FREE disposal. For more information, please read the Sharps Disposal Brochure or visit the Integrated Waste Management Authority Medical Waste website at http://www.iwma.com/.
Penny Borenstein, MD, MPH
Health Officer/Public Health Director
M-F, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
After hours public health emergency or urgent communicable disease (805) 781-4553
24-Hour Information Line -Recorded Messages- (805) 788-2903