HIV still prevalent in county

There are over 18,000 cases of HIV/AIDS reported in San Diego County, according to health officials reports, and the people most vulnerable are men having sex with men.

Furthermore, the most recent HIV/AIDS Surveillance Program Epidemiology Report (SPER) also concluded adult females in the area have a larger proportion of heterosexual transmission, 68 percent versus the national average of 47 percent, and 23 percent of injected drug use transmissions as apposed to 17 percent. Dotti Cordell, the Director of Student Health Services at City College, said that STD/HIV tests are available at the Health Service Center and referrals to lower costing services are given during check-ups.

On HIV/Aids Awareness Day, Sept. 18, student Ann Pierce offered some advice about safe sex.

“My brother has HIV…Getting infected isn’t something you plan, it happens to you like a shock. Quick and unexpected,” said Pierce.
Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day and City College is expected to have UCSD’s Antiviral Research Center outreach campaign bus on campus to conduct oral swab testing for HIV. Test results are available within minutes.

For more information call 619-388-3450 or visit room A-116. Hours of operation are Monday – Friday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.