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#bethegeneration – HIV testing

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Along with the OraQuick HIV Rapid Antibody test, The Center also offers the UCSD Early Test, Monday through Friday from 9am to 8pm (last appt. at 7pm), and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Early Test is a specialized viral load test that can detect acute (very early stage) HIV infection as soon as one week after potential exposure. HCV (Hepatitis C) Rapid Antibody testing is also available every day. For more information, call 619.692.2077 x101 or visit


#bethegeneration – Reasons to Take Action

In 2014, The San Diego LGBT Community Center launched the groundbreaking #bethegeneration campaign as an aggressive and strategic effort to end new HIV transmissions in San Diego in the next ten years.

The #bethegeneration campaign was prompted by the most clear and compelling medical evidence to date, which indicated that PrEP (pre-exposure prophylaxis) and PEP (post-exposure prophylaxis) medications can be extremely effective in preventing HIV transmission. What is PrEP?

This game-changing information offers us a much-needed new opportunity to stop HIV as an epidemic — and we must act on it.

The reality is that there are still 50,000 new HIV infections every year in the United States. Too many of those infections disproportionally impact the LGBT community.

We can change this!

When both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization reported that use of PrEP and PEP medications can decrease a person’s HIV risk by up to 92 percent, we knew it was time for new and bold action.

While we studied the new medical information, we explored all the ways our HIV prevention efforts could be enhanced. Consequently, we came to the conclusion that with the determination and commitment of our community, we can #bethegeneration that ends HIV as an epidemic.

And this campaign became a reality.

#bethegeneration – The Campaign

The primary goal of the #bethegeneration campaign is to reduce the number of new cases of HIV in San Diego to zero by 2024.

To accomplish this, the #bethegeneration campaign will work to:

  • Stop the fear and stigma still too often associated with being HIV positive, which prevents people from testing and seeking treatment
  • Educate all San Diegans about the full range of medical treatment options now available to prevent HIV infection, including PrEP and PEP medications
  • Educate medical providers to make routine opt-out HIV testing more available
  • Help those living with HIV to receive the medical care and medicines needed to keep viral loads down so they are able to live long, healthy lives – and are less likely to transmit the virus
  • Advocate for public policies that give all people at risk for HIV full access to medical options to prevent and treat HIV
  • Strengthen HIV prevention and education efforts, including routine, easier access to PrEP and condoms, so that people can manage their sexual health without fear or shame

#bethegeneration Stories

It's ok to talk about sex - Pamuela

PrEP-ing for PrEP! - Rick

Getting to Undetectable - Ian

Treatment as Prevention - Prizila

Being Beautiful - Pepper

No More Fear - Benny

I'm worth it! - Juan

Finding a community of support - Daniel

Beyond the binary with PrEP - David

Transcending stereotypes - a.t.

Continuando siendo la generación / Continuing to be the generation - Raul

New beginnings - Alex

PrEP works! - Donald

We can end HIV through education - Boyd

Seeing HIV through someone else's lens - Kyron

Making a positive impact - Collin

Defeating the stigma - Steve

Community is our best medicine - John

#bethegeneration – Support

Please consider making a gift in support of the #bethegeneration campaign to ensure that The Center can dedicate as much of its programming and staff resources as possible to this effort.

Right now, too few people in our community are even aware of the revolutionary opportunities available to prevent and treat HIV. Your contribution can change that.

To donate to the #bethegeneration campaign, visit Thank you in advance for joining this effort and being part of ending this epidemic.

Looking for PrEP Providers?

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View HIV Resources in San Diego (Recursos de VIH en San Diego) here

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