Join the Conversation February 9 and let’s end HIV Together
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Black Americans made up 42% of the 37,968 new HIV diagnoses in 2018. That’s despite Black Americans making up just over 13% of the U.S. population overall. The numbers in Los Angeles county are similarly dispiriting. 23.4% of new HIV diagnoses are Black residents who only make up 8% of the County’s population.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is observed each year on February 7 to highlight the continuing disproportionate impact of HIV on the U.S. Black population. APLA Health has a long-standing commitment to improving the health and well-being of Black residents in Los Angeles County.
On Tuesday, February 9th, APLA Health’s Prevention Team (“The Link”) is moderating a special conversation on HIV within the Black community. This year’s theme “Let’s Stop HIV, Together” will guide a series of discussions featuring guests from the community. Each will chronicle their experiences with HIV and shed light on the work that has been done and what still needs to occur.
“We may be able to see the end of the tunnel with COVID, but we’re equally as close to ending the HIV epidemics as well. We’ve got the tools, science, and knowledge to make a real impact and create a steeper decline in the number of new HIV diagnoses in Black communities,” said Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. “APLA Health is working with community partners to break down the stigma around HIV testing and empower more members of our community to join us and end the epidemic.”
APLA Health restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, support services, and HIV specialty care. Since 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency is a multi-site operation includes eight Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations, serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, behavioral health and HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries; among several other critically needed services. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health visit https://aplahealth.org.