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Public Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/HIV

San Diego County has the third largest number of AIDS cases among counties in California, with 11,922 cumulative cases and a case fatality rate of 55 percent. The County’s Department of Community Epidemiology estimates there were 8,608 persons living with HIV in the county as of December 2002, demonstrating a five percent increase since December 1999.  Of People Living With HIV (PLWH), 71 percent are between the ages of 20 and 44 and 89 percent of PLWH are male.

Family Health Centers of San Diego (FHCSD), a federally qualified agency, has served HIV-and AIDS-affected and other at-risk populations since 1988 through a broad spectrum of prevention, intervention, and outreach programs and services.  FHCSD received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to implement a prevention program that targeted populations of PLWH and others who were at high risk for contracting HIV.  The FHCSD partnered with the San Ysidro Health Center and Vista Community Clinic to provide program services.  The program included three tiers of services.  The first tier included counseling, testing, and referral (CTR) with the goal of providing HIV negative clients access to risk reduction services and HIV positive clients a comprehensive system of care.  The second tier, Mpowerment, targeted MSM (men who have sex with men) ages 25-35 in order to provide them with health education/risk reduction methods.  The third tier, prevention case management (PCM), was a client-centered HIV prevention/intervention program promoting risk-reduction behaviors to PLWH and other individuals who were at very high risk of contracting HIV.

The Criminal Justice Research Division of SANDAG contracted with the FHCSD to assist with this five-year program by designing data collection methods and data tracking procedures, and reviewing and analyzing program data. 

SANDAG assisted with the preparation of semi-annual reports and a final report in September 2010.

Project Manager

Dr. Cynthia Burke, Director, Research and Program Management
Phone: (619) 699-1910, Email:

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