Since first reported in 1981, about a fourth of all cases of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome in the United States have occurred in California. In response to the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic, California has developed a five-point strategy consisting of epidemiologic surveillance; prevention education; the provision of medical treatment and supportive services; research; and continuous planning, evaluation, and coordination of programs. Given the size and tremendous environmental and cultural diversity of California, as well as the variable local impact of HIV disease, local jurisdictions need to develop HIV disease prevention and treatment plans specifically tailored to the circumstances of their communities. At a minimum, these plans should include central participatory planning, epidemiologic surveillance, HIV antibody testing and prevention education programs, provision for medical treatment and social support services, and coordination of financing mechanisms. We present a model for such plans.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Western Journal of Medicine|
|State||Published - 1988|
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