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County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency
P.O. Box 85222
San Diego, CA 92186-5222

  • Testing and treatment of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs)

  • Services available for ages 12 and older

  • Hepatitis B vaccine series available with STD examination

  • Hepatitis B and C testing available according to risk criteria

  • Confidential HIV testing


County Health Services Complex
3851 Rosecrans St.
San Diego, CA 92110

North Coastal Public Health Center
104 Barnes Street
Oceanside, CA 92054

Central Region Public Health Center
5202 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92015

South Region Public Health Center
690 Oxford Street
Chula Vista, CA 91911

Special Programs and Recognition:

The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Public Health Services, Division of STD and Hepatitis Prevention, has been funded since September 1997 to carry out a community-wide hepatitis B vaccination demonstration project for high-risk adolescents and adults. The program expanded to include hepatitis B and C screening in specific patient/client settings in 1999. A comprehensive "one-stop" integrated prevention services package has been developed that includes universal hepatitis B virus (HBV) vaccination, selective hepatitis A virus (HAV) vaccination, selective HCV and HBV screening, hepatitis information and risk reduction counseling, STD screening, and HIV counseling and testing. This package of services is now available in the health department’s STD clinic and has been introduced, in part, in sites serving IDUs and MSMs (Lesbian and Gay Men’s Center, drug abuse programs, etc.)

On an annual basis, the program provides hepatitis B vaccination to greater than 7,000 high-risk persons; hepatitis A vaccination to greater than 1,700; and HBV and HCV screening to greater than 3,500 persons accessing STD clinics, community sites, and HIV alternative counseling and testing sites (ATS). Additionally, outreach and education efforts reach more than 20,000 persons annually. Persons who are identified with HCV infection via testing at the STD or ATS clinic are provided with counseling, education, and referrals. Those who agree to participate are interviewed at 1, 3, 6, and 12 month intervals to assess access to follow-up care and to document behavior change.

A major focus of the Hepatitis Program is the development and support of the San Diego Hepatitis Community Consortium (SDHCC), a group of professionals working to address the prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis in San Diego County. The SDHCC has the following mission statement:

"To provide a community-wide forum for coordinating services for the prevention and treatment of viral hepatitis in San Diego County so that: 1) populations at risk receive appropriate hepatitis information, screening, and vaccination, 2) health care professionals are aware of available services, including management protocols and clinical trials, 3) the distribution and determinants of hepatitis infections are systematically monitored, 4) support for research activities is available, and 5) efficient utilization of resources and services is achieved through coordination and collaboration with effected populations and service providers."

The SDHCC has four work groups that focus on the following issues:

  1. Screening, treatment, and clinical management

  2. Professional and public education

  3. Surveillance and research

  4. Funding and resource identification

Activities of the SDHCC include educational programs, community surveys, resource evaluation, and coordination of service delivery to maximize limited resources.

The STD and Hepatitis Prevention Program of San Diego County has recently completed development of a manual titled: "Hepatitis B Immunization in an STD Clinic." You can read or download this guide at no charge by visiting: http://www.hepprograms.org/std/manual/index.htm

Or the CDC website

Recently, CDC’s MMWR published an article describing the results of San Diego’s demonstration program to increase rates of HBV immunization among high-risk persons. This article is available at http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/PDF/wk/mm5128.pdf

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