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Breaking News: Health Advisory for Contra Costa County

Last updated: November 10, 2018, 12:38 pm

The Bay Area Air Quality Management District reports that parts of our county have unhealthy air due to smoke. Please follow the following tips to protect yourself and your loved ones. Everyone, especially children, should reduce outdoor activity. Active children and adults, and people with respiratory disease such as asthma, should avoid prolonged outdoor activity. Masks are not a substitute for staying indoors. Masks such as the N-95 are not effective for untrained users and may be dangerous for people with lung or heart conditions. N-95 masks may be helpful for people who must work outdoors if properly fitted. Employees should work with their employers for direction on when/how to use N-95 masks. Seek medical attention if you experience symptoms like repeated coughing, difficulty breathing, wheezing, chest tightness, palpitations, nausea, fatigue or lightheadedness. Visit for smoke tips and for air quality in your area

Partner Services

Partner Services helps people who are HIV-positive (those living with HIV or AIDS) talk to their partners (current or past) who may have been exposed to HIV. Partner Services is a free, voluntary, and confidential service.

A specially trained counselor helps clients explore ways to tell their partners (sex and/or needle sharing) about their possible exposure so that their partners can make informed decisions about their health or about getting tested for HIV. The counselor provides sensitive and private support, answers any questions and concerns, and explores options with clients to tell their partners about possible exposure.

Clients can choose to talk to their partners using one or combination of the following options:

  • Clients choose to talk to their partners by themselves after receiving help from a counselor.
  • Clients choose to talk to their partners together with a counselor.
  • Clients choose to have the health department tell their partners without revealing their name or any personal identifying information.
  • Clients choose a combination of the options above.

Call the AIDS Program at 925-313-6771 or toll free at 800-287-0200 for information about this service.