East Bay Getting to Zero

East Bay HIV data, epidemiology and disparities can be found on these websites:

Over the past 10 years, the East Bay linkage and retention working group has developed a warm hand-off process, single points of contact for linkages, and rapid, same-day access to HIV medications (antiretroviral treatment, or ART) and to PrEP. As a result, we improved our 90-day linkage rates from 2012 to 2017:

  • 70% to 79% in Alameda County
  • 82% to 92% in Contra Costa County

During that same time, we improved our county-wide viral load suppression rates, which is a marker for how well people living with HIV are doing on treatment and achieving U=U (Undetectable = Untransmittable):

  • 40% to 72% in Alameda County
  • 65% to 75% in Contra Costa County

Starting in 2018, we started tracking 30-day linkages rather than 90-day linkages as well as rates of same-day access to HIV treatment (75% among HIV ACCESS clinics in 2020).

During the COVID-19 pandemic (March 2020 to March 2021) data from HIV ACCESS clinics show that HIV screening and viral load rates went down because people were staying home and not going to labs to get blood drawn. However, linkage to care for newly diagnosed people, retention in care and HIV antiretroviral treatment (ART) rates remained high, and even increased, as people quickly adapted to phone and video visits as well as 3-month refills and mail-order medications.