Milpitas, CA. Just in the northeast of the South San Francisco Bay, has gone through a period of substantial residential growth for the last 20 years. For the city, this has made it susceptible to contagious diseases and conditions.
HIV epidemic, manifesting during the 2000s, has been the most aggressive the county has endured in sexually transmitted diseases. With 6,357 individuals being diagnosed with HIV. 76% of these cases, were diagnosed with AIDS. And, 40% of the people were known to have died.
As of 2017, 3,361 people in Santa Clara are living with HIV/AIDS. And, even if the quality of life for people living with HIV has improved, people of color and LGBTQ populations are still getting highly impacted by HIV.
In response, Milpitas city, as part of the Silicon Valley, fosters The Getting to Zero initiative. With the vision of getting Santa Clara County with zero new HIV/AIDS diagnoses, zero stigmas. But most important, zero mortality due to the virus.
“Our vision is that anyone living with HIV has a chance to live a healthy life well into their 90s, just like someone who does not have HIV.,” said Public Health Department Director and County Health Officer Dr. Sara Cody.
And, with the collaboration of the County of Santa Clara Public Health Department, launched the “Undetectable Equals Untransmittable” campaign, going through March to June 2019, with the goal to have HIV-positive patients reach the non-transmittable status.
There’s a large group of clinics on Milpitas. You can find some on Calaveras Blvd. You can get to this location by several public transportation routes, there are also free parking options if you need it.
The Valley Health Center Milpitas in the North Main Street is an option that you can consider for STD testing.
You might find free STD testing during the campaign periods, but it may be dependent on income and welfare eligibility.