HOW DO I?
Published on May 04, 2018. Last modified on January 15, 2020
Many people living with HIV do not show signs or symptoms of the virus. The only way to know your HIV status for sure is to get an HIV test. There are a number of venues to get tested in Monterey County, including community based organizations, clinics, and your own medical provider. The Monterey County HIV Resource Guide is a great place to begin your search for a testing location. Click here for the Spanish language version.
Treatment and Care
Although HIV/AIDS can be fatal if not treated, there are more treatment options available to people than ever before. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) can dramatically prolong the lives of many people infected with HIV and lower their chance of infecting others. It is important that people get tested for HIV and know that they are infected early so that medical care and treatment have the greatest effect. Monterey County has two clinics that specialize in HIV/AIDS Care, The NIDO Clinic in Salinas and the OPIS Clinic in Monterey. Click here for information on local AIDS Drug Assistance Programs (ADAP) enrollment sites. In addition, Access Support Network provides a variety of services and programs to support and empower people living with HIV.