HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. Unlike some other viruses, the human body cannot get rid of HIV. As the Public Health Department, it is our goal to protect the health of the community through prevention, early diagnosis, and appropriate management and control of HIV/AIDS. This is achieved through surveillance, disease investigation, patient education, community awareness, and acting as a resource to local physicians, nurses, and medical personnel.
HIV / AIDS FAQ
HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. It is the virus that can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. HIV can be transmitted during vaginal or other types of sexual intercourse including oral and anal sex. Since HIV often does not have any symptoms, the only way to know if someone has HIV is to get tested.
In an effort to combat the spread of HIV / AIDS, all counties in California confidentially track and report the number of confirmed HIV/AIDS cases in their community. The Butte County Public Health Department monitors the number of reported HIV / AIDS cases in our county as well as administers a range of programs and services.
The Butte County Public Health Department serves individuals with HIV / AIDS who are residing in Butte and Glenn counties. Case management services assist clients in accessing healthcare and treatment services, as well as access to life-saving medications.