What is HIV Connect?
HIV Connect was developed by the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, in partnership with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health – Division of HIV and STD Programs, and a network of individuals and agencies dedicated to providing the highest quality HIV service to the residents of Los Angeles County. HIV Connect leverages reliable national and local databases of services to assist individual and those who support them such as case managers, health educators, and advocates in locating HIV-related services in their communities.
HIV Connect uses reliable, regularly updated national and local databases to generate service search results by service type and geographic location. The database information for each of the key topic areas are described below.
HIV/STD Testing and Treatment: The National HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Testing Resources Web site is a service of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This Web site provides users with locations for HIV, STD, and hepatitis testing and STD and hepatitis vaccines around the United States. If you experience a problem with this site, please e-mail GETTESTED-Webmaster@cdc.gov. To update or add a testing location into CDCNPIN database, please complete the online form.
Housing: CHIRP/LA (Comprehensive Housing Information and Referrals for People Living with HIV/AIDS) is a program of PAWS/LA (Pets Are Wonderful Support, Los Angeles), with grant funding from HOPWA (Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS) that is administered by HCIDLA (Los Angeles Housing & Community Investment Department). The CHIRP/LA housing database includes all types of housing available to people living with in Los Angeles County. CHIRP/LA collaborates with Ryan White and HOPWA funded agencies and other major housing agencies such as the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA), Housing for Health, and other Measure H/HHH funded projects to populate the database with the most up-to-date information about housing services in Los Angeles County.
Health Centers: “Find a Health Center” helps you search for HRSA-funded health centers. If you have geolocation turned on, you will automatically see Health Centers near you. Or, you can search near a specific place by typing a city, ZIP code, or a specific street address into the Location box; then click the magnifying glass or press enter/return on your keyboard. The search area is set to a 5 mile radius when you begin, but you can set a wider search area if you like. You can export results to a printable PDF file. Only the 25 closest sites will appear in the PDF export
Mental Health: The Los Angeles County Mental and Behavioral Network of Care an online information portal for individuals, families and social service agencies concerned with community mental health services, substance use treatment programs and help for people with developmental disabilities. This online community provides critical information, communication and advocacy tools with a single point of entry for those seeking access to social services. It ensures there is “No Wrong Door” for those navigating the system of behavioral health resources, those working to avoid the need for formal services, and those ready to transition out of the behavioral health system. To update or add an agency to the database, go to http://losangeles.networkofcare.org/mh/services/edit-agency.aspx
Substance Use: The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) Treatment Services Locator is an on-line source of information about substance abuse and/or mental health treatment facilities in the United States. To add or update a treatment facility on this Locator:
- Follow the instructions on the FAQs tab, or
- Email the BHSIS Project Office, or
- Call the BHSIS Project Office at 1-877-250-4665 (Mon-Fri 8-6 ET)
PrEP/PEP: GetPrEPLA is service provided by the Los Angeles County, Department of Public Health, Division of HIV and STD Programs. It provides information on where to access HIV pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP/PEP), HIV clinics, and community events on HIV/STD awareness.
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