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Positive Connections Program

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The Positive Connections Program provides comprehensive case planning and coordination for those individuals who have been newly diagnosed with HIV, or are not currently in care in Santa Clara County.  Our goal is to promote better health outcomes by ensuring access to healthcare and supportive services. 

We work together with community-based organizations and individuals to provide high quality care that is culturally and linguistically appropriate. 

Some of the services we offer:

  • Access to primary health care
  • Linkages to benefits counseling, mental health, food and housing assistance, drug and alcohol treatment, emergency financial assistance, dental care, legal services, and case management
  • Vida y Salud, a support group for Spanish speaking clients.
  • Patient advocacy
  • Partner counseling and referral through Partner Services
  • TAKE (Take Action Keep Engaged) a Friend, an incentive program that encourages individuals with HIV to return to medical care.

 

Partner Services
Partner Services is a confidential service that assists individuals with an STD or HIV to notify partners of a possible exposure and provide free HIV testing.  Public Health staff work with individuals to provide guidance and support through the notification process, and help empower the individual to notify his/her partner(s).  Individuals also have the opportunity to remain anonymous, in which case Public Health staff can make the notification.  With this option, the notification will be completely anonymous and there will not be any identifying information revealed about where or when the exposure occurred or by whom. 

TAKE (Take Action Keep Engaged) a Friend
TAKE a Friend is an incentive program that encourages individuals with HIV who have been out of medical care for the last twelve months or more to return to medical care. The program is designed to support individuals returning to medical care by providing access to primary health care, social services, support groups, patient advocacy, and partner services.   To qualify for the TAKE a Friend program, individuals must:

-          Be a resident of Santa Clara County
-          Diagnosed HIV+ and out of medical care for 12 months or more
-          Re-engage back into medical care with a verified appointment with a medical provider.
 
Gift card incentives are given upon the completion of a doctor’s appointment for the first four visits.  There is also a gift card incentive available for those who refer the individual out of care to the program.
 

Positive Connections at the Crane Center                          
Services are free and confidential                                        

Phone: 408.792.5080                                                                             E-mail: positiveconnections@phd.sccgov.org                                 Address: 976 Lenzen Avenue, Suite 1800, San Jose, CA 95126(southwest side of building)

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