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San Diego County HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch 
Program name: San Diego County HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch
Population served: STD patients/IDU/MSM
Eligibility: STD patients; IDU; MSM; chronic HBV and/or HCV Infected; commercial sex workers; sex partners of viral hepatitis infected persons
Region served: San Diego County, California
Funding: Local and federal funds
Program started: September 1997
Number of clients: Varies by service
Contact: Dan O'Shea
Program Administrator
HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch of Public Health Services
County of San Diego, Office of Public Health
3851 Rosecrans Street, Suite 207, MS-P505
San Diego, CA 92110
Phone: (619) 293-4700
Fax: (619) 296-2688
Email: STDHEP.HHSA@sdcounty.ca.gov
Website: www.sdcounty.ca.gov
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The County of San Diego HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch offers clients a risk-based services package that includes selective hepatitis B vaccination, selective hepatitis B and C screening, and universal hepatitis information and risk-reduction counseling. This service package is available in the County of San Diego's STD clinics and HIV Counseling and Testing sites. Eligibility for services is determined through a risk-assessment screening. Eligible clients include intravenous drug-users (IDUs) and their sex partners, men who have sex with men (MSMs), female commercial sex workers, and those who received a blood transfusion or other blood products prior to 1992.

The County of San Diego HIV, STD and Hepatitis Branch now has hepatitis A vaccine and Twinrix vaccine available in addition to the hepatitis B vaccine at the STD clinic sites. Vaccines are still provided based on criteria as noted below:

  • Hepatitis A vaccine: MSM, IDU, sex partner of IDU, chronic HBV infection, HCV infection
  • Hepatitis B vaccine: age less than 45 years, 3 or more sex partners in the last 3 months, MSM, female commercial sex worker, IDU, sex partner of IDU, sex partner has hepatitis, HCV-infected.
  • Twinrix is given to those who meet criteria for both A and B vaccinations.

In 2001, the San Diego program published Hepatitis B Immunization in a STD Clinic: Lessons Learned in San Diego County - A Practical Guide. The guidebook addresses integrating hepatitis B vaccination into a STD program. It also provides information from San Diego's experience, including educational materials, protocols, and data collection tools developed.

The complete guide can be downloaded free of charge at: http://hepprograms.org/std/manual/index.htm

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