As designated by California Health and Safety Code Section 131019, the Office of AIDS (OA) has lead responsibility for coordinating state programs, services, and activities relating to HIV/AIDS. OA's mission is to:
- Assess, prevent, and interrupt the transmission of HIV and provide for the needs of infected Californians by identifying the scope and extent of HIV infection and the needs which it creates, and by disseminating timely and complete information;
- Assure high-quality preventive, early intervention, and care services that are appropriate, accessible, and cost effective;
- Promote the effective use of available resources through research, planning, coordination, and evaluation; and
- Provide leadership through a collaborative process of policy and program development, implementation and evaluation.