These funds are awarded by the federal government to the County of Orange for the provision of care, treatment, and support services to people living with HIV. The CARE Act constitutes the largest federal outlay (outside of Medicaid) for HIV/AIDS services. The Act was designed to achieve three major purposes:
Lessen the burden on states and cities most affected by HIV/AIDS by providing substantial federal funding for the care and treatment of people with HIV disease
Foster a coordinated approach to the provision of care, treatment, and support services for people with HIV/AIDS
Promote a community-based, strategic response to AIDS by local organizations and advocates, as well as local public entities.
Orange County receives funds under Titles I, II, and III of the CARE Act.
Early Intervention Program
These funds are awarded by the State of California Office of AIDS to the County of Orange for the provision of appropriate medical treatment to prevent or delay the progression of disease that results from HIV infection, to coordinate services available to HIV-infected persons, and to provide information and education, including behavior-change support, to HIV-infected persons to prevent the spread of HIV infection to others. Based on this mandate, the Early Intervention Program (EIP) has two primary goals:
To prolong the health and productivity of HIV-infected persons
To interrupt the transmission of HIV.
HIV Counseling and Testing
These funds are awarded by the State of California Office of AIDS to the County of Orange for the provision of HIV counseling and testing services. This program:
Screens clients who have engaged in activities that put them at risk for HIV infection
Provides uninfected clients with counseling and education to help them initiate and sustain behavior changes that will reduce their risk for becoming HIV infected
Identifies HIV-infected persons who can be counseled about the need to practice safe behaviors to reduce transmission of HIV and be apprised of the availability and need for early medical services
These funds are awarded by the State of California Office of AIDS to the County of Orange for the provision of HIV prevention/education to populations at high risk of contracting HIV disease.
(Housing Opportunities for Persons Living With AIDS)
These federal funds are awarded by the City of Santa Ana to the County of Orange for the provision of housing and supportive services to persons with AIDS and their families.