HIV / AIDS Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the ADAP Program?

A. The AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) was established to help ensure that HIV-positive uninsured and under-insured individuals have access to pharmaceutical (drug) therapies.

Q. How do I know if I am eligible to be in the ADAP Program?

A. Individuals are eligible for ADAP if they:

Q. How do I sign up for the ADAP Program?

A. Call Jim Gamez at (530) 538-2078 or Lorna Andreatta at (530) 538-2120 or 1-877-783-4636 or Cassie Louder-Miracle at (530) 538-7843 or 1-877-783-4636. You will be connected to a Public Health Education Specialist who can answer your questions.

Q. What is HIV? What is AIDS? What causes AIDS?

A. HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), is the virus that affects the immune system and causes AIDS. AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. HIV slowly weakens the immune systemís defense against other infections. Currently, there is no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and there is no cure for AIDS.

Q. How do I know if I am infected with HIV?

A. You can have a free HIV test (for free test must have Medi-Cal or be Family PACT eligible) at one of our Public Health Clinics in Chico or Oroville, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The test is quick, painless. Call for more information in Chico call (530) 879-3665 and in Oroville call: (530) 538-7341.

Q. How is HIV passed from one person to another?

A. HIV can be transmitted (passed) from one person to another through sexual contact, needle sharing, during birth, breast-feeding, or infected blood and tissue products. HIV can be found in the blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk of an infected person.

Q. How can I found out about the HIV Care Program (HCP)?

A. Calll Jim Gamez at (530) 538-2078 or Lorna Andreatta at (530) 538-2120 or Byron Brace at (530) 538-7843 or toll free 1-877-783-4636. You will be connected to an HIV Care Program (HCP) case manager who can answer your questions

Q. Who can use the HIV Care Program (HCP) and what can this program do for me?

A. If you have a positive HIV test, the HIV Care Program (HCP) can help you find a local health care provider who treats HIV/AIDS, get needed lab tests, and see if you are eligible for HIV/AIDS treatment drugs through the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP).

Q. Do I have to pay for the HIV test?

A. The HIV test is free at Public Health Clinics if you have have Medi-Cal or are Family PACT eligible.

To schedule an appointment for an HIV test:

Please call either of the Butte County Public Health clinics located in Chico and Oroville, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and ask to make an appointment for an HIV test.

Chico: 695 Oleander Avenue Chico, CA 95926 (530) 879-3665 or (530) 891-2731

Oroville: 78 Table Mountain Blvd. Oroville, CA 95965 (530) 538-7341

Q. How long does the HIV test take?

A. Plan to spend about 20 to 30 minutes with the counselor. The counselor will talk with you about risks, how HIV is passed from one person to another, what the test is looking for, and when the test results are ready. If you have questions, the counselor will answer them.