There are nearly 9,000 people living with HIV in Riverside County, with around 300 per 100,000 people being newly diagnosed each year. Of this 9,000, an estimated 1,920 (per 100,000) live in Cathedral city, meaning over 21% of all people living with HIV in Riverside County live in Cathedral City.
Riverside County health officials have released data that indicates that the number of residents with HIV or aids is 51% higher than originally thought.
As Riverside County now has more accurate data regarding the number of residents with HIV, officials hope that funds for prevention, care, and HIV resources will increase. This will allow more people in Cathedral City to receive STD and HIV testing. It is also expected that this new information will allow the country to offer more free STD testing.
The Desert AIDS Project hopes that due to this new information and subsequent funding, they will be able to implement the 90-90-90 strategy, a strategy set forth by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) to end the HIV and AIDS epidemic by 2020. These campaigns should encourage at-risk individuals to get regular HIV and STD checks.
There are a number of public testing centers in the Cathedral City area including Borrego Health (Centro Medico Cathedral City), Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest Incorporated (Rancho Mirage Family Planning Center), and Riverside County Family Care Centers (Palm Springs Family Care Center). There are also a number of private clinics available in the local area.