Universal HIV Screening

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Get East Bay Tested! is a collaboration between the Alameda Health Consortium and its member health centers:

  • Asian Health Services
  • La Clinica
  • LifeLong Medical Care
  • Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center
  • Tri-City Health Center

The goal of GEBT! is to integrate HIV testing as seamlessly as possible into primary care workflows at community health centers, facilitate access to treatment for HIV-positive individuals, and contribute to reducing the spread of the HIV epidemic in the East Bay.

Between January 2014 and June 2016, the five participating health centers have:

  • Conducted over 77,000 HIV tests
  • Identified 64 HIV cases (primarily new diagnoses)
  • Linked at least 89% of clients to comprehensive HIV treatment and supportive services

In 2015, birth cohort (1945-1965) hepatitis C (HCV) testing was incorporated into the Get East Bay Tested! initiative. While evidence suggest high rates of hepatitis C prevalence in the East Bay, many in our community don’t know their status. This effort serves the dual purposes of identifying clients with chronic HCV and linking people to new treatments that can actually cure the disease in most cases. In addition to our testing initiative, we have embarked on an ambitious project to build capacity among primary care providers to treat hepatitis C at our health centers. Between January 2015 and June 2016, our health centers have collectively:

  • Conducted over 20,000 HCV tests
  • Identified over 500 chronic hepatitis C cases
  • Initiated treatment with over 150 clients
  • Achieved sustained viral response (cure) for at least 65 clients so far

GEBT! is funded by a grant from the FOCUS program of Gilead Sciences.

For more information, contact HIV Project Manager Megan Crowley, at mcrowley@alamedahealthconsortium.org.