We are taking collective action to slow the spread of COVID-19. Please see this webpage for timely updates on the local COVID response, vaccine access and services in the East Bay as well as guidance and resources for people living with HIV and HIV providers. It is important that we combat stigma and misinformation, protect each other and stay safely connected as a community during this global pandemic.
The prevention working group focuses strategies to promote equitable access to HIV prevention services in the East Bay, particularly among our most vulnerable communities, with a focus on biomedical interventions such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and treatment-as-prevention (TasP). Over the next year this working group will continue to track rates of PrEP use across the East Bay and develop a system for collecting demographic data among PrEP users in order to identify and characterize potential disparities in PrEP access and usage. This working group also aims to strategize effective ways to address national PrEP disparities and trends such as CDC’s estimate that White PrEP candidates are 10 times more likely to fill a PrEP prescription than Black/African American PrEP candidates, and 5.6 times more likely than Latinx PrEP candidates. Other areas of focus to promote PrEP equity include access to PrEP among minors, cis- and trans-women, people who use drugs, and people experiencing homelessness.
EBGTZ aims to increase the total number of people using PrEP by ≥100% from 2017 to 2021.
Updates on the East Bay HIV strategic plan are posted on this webpage. This is a community-driven “living” East Bay HIV strategic plan that is flexible and responsive to local needs, addresses structural inequities, and is used to make systemic change to achieve our vision of an East Bay with zero HIV stigma, zero health disparities, and zero new HIV transmissions.
On December 17, 2019, we were honored to receive an award from the Alameda County Board of Supervisors congratulating and commending “East Bay Getting to Zero for launching an important community-driven initiative and working toward a vision of zero new HIV transmissions in the East Bay through the promotion of equitable access to HIV testing, … Continued