Coronavirus Update

VACCINE AVAILABILITY UPDATE:
We have not received doses of the vaccine for patients at this time. When this situation changes, we will notify eligible patients immediately.

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Following Gov. Newsom’s executive order rolling back some phases of the State’s reopening schedule, some programs are readjusting their schedules but will still be providing services.

We continue to monitor the latest guidance from the L.A. County Department of Public Health and the California State Government about COVID-19.

Our priority is to keep you and our community safe and healthy. As you are all aware, public health recommendations for the current COVID-19 outbreak in Los Angeles County are changing every day (sometimes more frequently).
 

COVID-19 TESTING

Appointments are required. We provide PCR testing. Please call to make an appointment for a self-administered COVID-19 test.

Gleicher/Chen Health Center – 323.329.9900

  • Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center – 562.247.7740

  • Monday / Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.; 1 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

APLA HEALTH SERVICES

Based on the recommendations of APLA Health’s medical team — as informed by the CDC, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, and other authorities:

Critical APLA Health services remain open to serve patients and clients. For phone numbers and hours, see below. Critical APLA Health services include:

  • Medical — all sites (urgent services only; non-urgent services available via telehealth)
  • Dental — all sites
  • Behavioral Health Services — all sites (services via telephone/telehealth only)
  • Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantries — all sites
  • Emergency Housing — David Geffen Center only
  • Medical Transportation Services — David Geffen Center
  • Other support services and HIV prevention programs — see below
  • HIV testing and STD screenings (symptomatic or high-risk exposures only)
  • PrEP and PEP services are available — see below

PHARMACY SERVICES

Our number one priority is helping you stay healthy and on your medications. We recommend that all patients have a 30-day supply of critical medications. Please contact your Health Center, and we will make sure that one of our partner pharmacies will deliver or mail you your prescriptions if you can’t or don’t want to pick them up at your pharmacy.

CRITICAL SERVICES OPERATIONS

MEDICAL

Gleicher/Chen Health Center – 323.329.9900

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center – 562.247.7740

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • (Telehealth Only) Tuesday / Thursday: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

APLA Health – Olympic – 323.215.1725

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

DENTAL

Gleicher/Chen Health Center – 323.329.9900

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center – 562.247.7740

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wilshire Dental Clinic – 213.201.1388

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SERVICES

All Sites – 213.992.4236

The David Geffen Center

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Gleicher/Chen Health Center

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APLA Health – Olympic

  • Monday: 8:30 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
  • Thursday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.; 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Friday: 8:30 a.m. – noon; 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

SUPPORT SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV (PLWH)

BENEFITS SPECIALTY SERVICES

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (by appointment only)
213.201.1615

Current Services
Although working remotely, staff are available to provide assistance with your benefits needs. Open Enrollment for Medicare ended December 7, 2020. Open Enrollment for Covered California ends December 15, 2020. Call 213.201.1313 for more information.

CLIENTLINE

Current Services
Clientline staff are assisting clients remotely to provide referrals and answer questions. For more information, please call 213.201.1600.

HIVE

Due to COVID-19 all HIVE activities will be held virtually.
For more information, please call Emmanuel at 213-201-1547 or for Long Beach call Michael at 562-247-7353.

David Geffen Center (Los Angeles): 213.201.1304 or 760.851.2964
Long Beach HIVE Coordinator (Long Beach): 213.459.6629

Current Services
Download Calendar
Monday: 1:1 phone call or web-chat services (11 a.m. – 1 p.m. – call 213.474.1096)
Monday: HIVE Connections – Join HIVE staff and your peers for a weekly online emotional support group. This is not our first pandemic, so let’s share our grit and resiliency. (5 p.m. – Join Program)
Tuesday: HIVE Coffee Beach Walk in Long Beach – Meet at Hot Java (2101 E Broadway, Long Beach CA 90803). For more information call Michael Buitron at 562.247.7353.
Tuesday: Bingo and RuPaul’s Drag Race Screening – Join HIVE via Zoom for a fun game of BINGO! and stay after to watch an episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race – All Stars! Each week, the winner of Bingo will receive a FREE delivery meal from a popular restaurant. (4 p.m. – Join Bingo)
Wednesday: HIVE Coffee and Walk – January 13 and 27 at 2:30 p.m. Call 213.201.1547 for more information.
Thursday: Virtual exercise classes on balance, movement, chair yoga and staying fit while staying home (10:30 a.m. – Join Class)
Thursday: Virtual trivia game competition – Join our weekly virtual trivia game competition! Each week we will test your knowledge with easy and fun categories. The winner of Trivia will receive a $20 gift card. (4:30 p.m. – Join Game)
Friday: Virtual happy hour to share stories and laugh in a safe space (5 p.m. – Join Party or call 1-408-638-0968 and then enter 94586968764#)

HOUSING SUPPORT SERVICES

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (by appointment only)
213.201.1637

Current Services
Housing Specialists will provide 1:1 phone or web-chat services. If a client is already working with a Housing Specialist, they are encouraged to leave a message with their assigned Housing Specialist.

The Short Term Assistance Program is not funding applications until available funds are released. Clients may continue to submit applications so that their application is on file when funding is released.

Housing staff are working virtually and are available Monday-Friday by phone and email.

If you do not have a Housing Specialist, please call the Housing Support Services appointment line at 213-201-1637 and leave your name and number so someone can get back to you. The Housing Support Services line is checked daily.

LINKAGE & RETENTION TO HIV MEDICAL CARE

Services are currently offered virtually by qualified non-medical case managers. Appointments are scheduled Monday-Friday. For more information or to schedule an appointment contact 213.201.1600 or 213.201.1313.

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES

Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (by appointment only)
213.201.1301 or 213.201.1323

Current Services
Need a ride? Call Transportation Services at 213.201.1301 or 213.201.1323 for more information.

SERVICES FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN WEST HOLLYWOOD

Benefits Appointment Line: 213.201.1615
Housing Appointment Line: 213.201.1637

Current Services
West Hollywood Benefits Specialist is providing 1:1 phone or web-chat services to residents of the City of West Hollywood. Homeless outreach is currently on hiatus.

VANCE NORTH NECESSITIES OF LIFE PROGRAM

No Need to Call

Current Services
Download Calendar
Staff will distribute groceries for PLWH at locations listed below. Staff will also provide 1:1 phone or web-chat nutrition counseling services.

The David Geffen Center
611 S. Kingsley Dr., Los Angeles, 90005
Wednesday / Friday: 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
1st Friday of the month: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

South Los Angeles
OASIS Clinic
1807 E. 120th St., Los Angeles, CA 90059 (parking lot)
Thursday: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

North Hollywood
7336 Bellaire Ave., North Hollywood, CA 91605
Thursday: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
3rd Thursday of the month: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Long Beach
AFS/APLA Health
590 E. Willow St., Long Beach, CA 90806
Tuesday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Claremont
Foothill AIDS Project
233 W. Harrison Ave., Claremont, CA 91711
2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month: 3 – 5 p.m.

Antelope Valley
JWCH (Wesley Health Center)
858 W. Jackman St. Ste. 101, Lancaster, CA 93534
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Pasadena
JWCH (Wesley Health Center)
1845 N. Fair Oaks Ave. G-125, Pasadena, CA 91103
Friday: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Venice
Common Ground, a program of Venice Family Clinic
622 Rose Ave., Venice, CA 90291
3rd Thursday of the month: 1 – 3 p.m.

Hollywood
at Project Angel Food
922 Vine St., Los Angeles, CA 90038
Saturday: 12 – 4 p.m.

East Hollywood
JWCH (Wesley Health Center)
954 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90029
2nd and 4th Friday of the month: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

Due to concerns surrounding COVID-19, CBR offices are not open to receive clients at this time. Program staff will contact clients by phone for data collection and study-related visits.

Please contact us at projectrisestudy@apla.org for more information. A staff member will respond within 1-2 business days.

HIV PREVENTION PROGRAMS

PrEP AND PEP NAVIGATORS

Gleicher/Chen Health Center & APLA Health Education Center – 323.329.9702 or 323-359.0846

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Long Beach Health Center – 562.247.7752

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

APLA Health–Olympic – 323.359-0846

  • Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

TRANS CONNECTIONS

323.329.9910
Dontá Morrison, dmorrison@apla.org
Program staff is bilingual (English and Spanish)

Current Services
We are offering services to Transgender persons of Color 18 – 29:

  • Virtual (incentivized) one-on-one session
  • Virtual -private- discussion groups
  • Virtual community discussions on FB and IG (@TransConnections)
  • Message line checked throughout the day

T3N

323.795.5997
Kai Smith, Program Coordinator, ksmith@apla.org

Current Services
We are offering services to YMSM of Color 18 – 29:

  • Linkage to Care and Patient Navigation for persons living with HIV
  • Virtual private discussion groups
  • Virtual community discussions on FB and IG (@HealthyHim)
  • Message line checked throughout the day

MENTE

323.795.5997
Kai Smith, Program Coordinator, ksmith@apla.org
Program staff is bilingual (English and Spanish)

Current Services
We are offering services to Young Gay and Bisexual Latino Men 18 – 24:

  • Virtual (incentivized) private sexual health workshops
  • Virtual private discussion groups
  • Virtual community discussions on FB and IG (@HealthyHim)
  • Message line checked throughout the day

PARTY WISE

323.329.9908
Roger Sediles, Program Coordinator, rsediles@apla.org
Program staff is bilingual (English and Spanish)

Current Services
We are offering services to gay men who use crystal methamphetamine:

  • Communication via telephone and email
  • Referrals to internal and external essential support services throughout the Los Angeles County
  • Message line checked throughout the day

NOTE: Currently we are not taking new participants but we are in active communication with former and current program participants as well as taking information from anyone interested in participating in the Party Wise program after July 2020.

PROJECT IMPACT

323.329.9908
Roger Sediles, Program Coordinator, rsediles@apla.org

Current Services
We are offering services to Young Gay and Bisexual Latino Men 18 – 29:

  • Virtual (incentivized) one-on-one session
  • Recruitment of new participants via social media and word of mouth
  • Enrollment if new clients into the program
  • Virtual community discussions on FB (@HealthyHim)
  • Message line checked throughout the day

WHAT IS THE CORONAVIRUS?

COVID-19 (coronavirus) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China, in 2019.

Governor Newsom and the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Health have issued a “Safer at Home” order that requires Californians to stay at home unless performing essential activities. Governor Newsom also called for home isolation for all people 65 and older and those with chronic health conditions.

For the latest information, please visit the CDC website or Los Angeles Department of Public Health website or contact your health care provider.

VIDEOS: COVID-19 & HIV

COVID-19 and HIV Facts
HIV and Coronavirus Virtual Town Hall

 

FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV

Does living with HIV put you at more risk for COVID-19?
Persons living with controlled HIV (i.e. normal CD4 count and undetectable viral load) do not appear to be at greater risk than the general public for becoming ill with the coronavirus.

Persons living with HIV, however, may be at increased risk for infection if they have:

  • Low CD4 cell counts or are not virally suppressed
  • 60 years of age and older
  • Heart, lung, or kidney disease
  • Other poorly managed health conditions

What if I am enrolled in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program?
The California Department of Public Health, Office of AIDS has made several changes to the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to ensure clients have access to medication and to minimize exposure to COVID-19.

For clients with expiring eligibility or expired eligibility back to March 1, 2020, ADAP is extending client eligibility an additional 90 days through June 30, 2020. This extension will be done automatically.

New or lapsed clients enrolling in ADAP can now enroll over the phone with their enrollment worker. Clients can also call the ADAP call center at 844-421-7050.

To ensure clients maintain an adequate supply of medication, ADAP will allow for early medication refills and the dispense quantity limit has been extended to 90-days.

COVID-19 Facts

What are the symptoms?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:

  • fever
  • cough
  • shortness of breath

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • Through droplets when a person with the virus coughs or sneezes
  • Touching objects or surfaces, and then touching your face, eyes, nose or mouth
  • Close contact with a person who is infected

How can people prepare and protect themselves?

  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands. If you do not have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Have a 30-day supply of all medications.
  • Make sure all your vaccinations are current, such as flu and pneumonia.

How can people emotionally cope with the novel coronavirus?

  • Stay connected with your social networks via e-mail, social media, video conference and telephone.
  • Engage in healthy activities that you enjoy and find relaxing. Exercise regularly, keep regular sleep routines and eat healthy food.
  • Avoid watching and listening to sensationalized news stories about the novel coronavirus.

Four Things You Need to Know about Coronavirus

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