County Approves Contract with State Public Health to Help AIDS Patients

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imperial county logoEL CENTRO – The Imperial County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an agreement between the Imperial County Public Health Department and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Office of AIDS, for an amount not to exceed $356,504 during Tuesday’s regular board meeting. Supervisor Ryan Kelley was absent for the 4-0 vote.

The funding was granted for the delivery of care, treatment, and support services for people living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (AIDS) or Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in Imperial County.

According to Robin Hodgkin, director of the Public Health Department, the services will be provided by Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo, Inc.

“Services include, but are not limited to, primary medical care, laboratory testing, health screening, prescribing and managing medications, and case management” explained Hodgkin.

The agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2019.

The goals of the CDPH, Office of AIDS, are to minimize new Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infections, maximize the number of people with HIV infections who can access appropriate care, treatment, support, and prevention services, and reduce HIV-related health disparities.

According to Hodgkin, there are currently about 120 cases of patients with HIV in Imperial County.

“Imperial County is still considered a fairly low rate county,” said Hodgkin.