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February 2, 2017

APLA Health Observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day With Two Special Events

A panel discussion about HIV in the Black community and a special theatre performance promote discussion while advocating for HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and education


APLA Health invites you to join us for two events commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The first, a Facebook Live panel on HIV prevention and treatment in the Black/African American community, takes place on February 7. The second, a theatre presentation on love and relationships among Black gay men, takes place February 25.

Since 1999, NBHAAD has been a national initiative promoting HIV testing, treatment, prevention, and education among Black/African American people in the United States as a response to disparities in HIV infection rates. Although the rates of new HIV infections are now generally decreasing in the U.S., African Americans—specifically young men who have sex with men—still account for the highest number of new diagnoses in L.A. County.

“On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, during Black History Month, and beyond, we are committed to ensuring people know how to get the care they need and feel comfortable talking about HIV and their sexual health,” APLA Health Director of HIV Prevention Services Terry Smith says. “We are facing a very uncertain time in terms of access to health care and funding for services. Now is not a time to roll back any of the advances we’ve made against HIV.”

In line with NBHAAD’s calls to action, APLA Health encourages everyone to get tested for HIV and other sexually transmitted infections on a regular basis if you are sexually active. We offer free testing at our Gleicher/Chen Health Center in Baldwin Hills and Long Beach Health Center. In addition, we help patients get access to PrEP, provide help finding health insurance, and many other free and low-cost services.

Details for the APLA Health’s events are below:

NBHAAD Panel: HIV Within the Black Community

WHEN: Tuesday, February 7
10–11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Streamed via Facebook Live on the R3VNG page
WHO: Terry Smith, APLA Health director of HIV prevention services; Traci Bivens-Davis, Common Ground director of prevention; and community activist and health educator Chandi Moore (Bravo TV’s I Am Cait)

“I Love You, But…” Theatre Presentation

WHEN: Saturday, February 25
7–10 p.m. (showtime: 7:30 p.m.)
WHERE: APLA Health’s Education Center, 3741 S. La Brea Ave., in Baldwin Hills
WHAT: Dontá Morrison’s one-act play discusses the impact of HIV on a serodiscordant Black gay couple. The performance will be followed by a Q&A with Morrison, director and co-star Dueal Andrews, and co-star Will Brown.


APLA Health’s mission is to achieve health care equity and promote well-being for the LGBT and other underserved communities and people living with and affected by HIV. We are a nonprofit, federally qualified health center serving more than 14,000 people annually. We provide 20 different services from 14 locations throughout Los Angeles County, including: medical, dental, and behavioral health 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 health care; 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 impacts the LGBT and HIV communities, provide capacity-building assistance to health departments across the country, and conduct community-based research on issues affecting the communities we serve. For more information, please visit us at