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 are:
- 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
Partner Services is a confidential service that assists individuals with an STI 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 their 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.