August 18, 2022
APLA Health Calls for Increased State and Federal Resources to Address Growing Monkeypox Outbreak
August 18, 2022 – Today, APLA Health led a group of over 50 organizations in sending a letter to Governor Newsom and legislative leaders calling for additional funding and resources to address the growing monkeypox virus (MPV) outbreak in California. According to the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), new MPV cases in the state have more than...
July 15, 2022
APLA Health Demands More Aggressive Government Response to Monkeypox Outbreak
July 15, 2022 – APLA Health is calling on the Biden Administration, the State of California and Los Angeles County to increase the supply of monkeypox vaccine as quickly as possible. The County is in the middle of a dangerous and growing monkeypox outbreak – with 82 confirmed cases and counting. The vast majority of these cases...
July 05, 2022
Meningitis Frequently Asked Questions
What is meningococcal meningitis and how is it transmitted?Meningococcal meningitis is a bacterial infection that attacks the brain and spinal cord, often leading to serious consequences. Even in previously healthy people, infection can progress to death in a matter of hours. The germ that causes meningococcal meningitis is contagious, but it is not spread as...
July 01, 2022
State Budget Includes Critical Funding to Address the STD Crisis
July 1, 2022 – Last evening, Governor Newsom signed a massive $300 billion budget that includes $38 million to support funding requests from APLA Health and the statewide End the Epidemics coalition, including: “The additional funding included in this year’s budget will bring even more desperately needed resources to LA County and other parts of the state that bear a disproportionate burden...
June 24, 2022
APLA Health Statement on the Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization.
APLA Health CEO Craig E. Thompson released the following statement: “APLA Health is profoundly disappointed with the Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. By overturning Roe v. Wade, millions of Americans have lost access to safe and legal abortion care. The consequences are devastating for women and members of the LGBTQ+...
June 02, 2022
Mpox (Monkeypox) Frequently Asked Questions
What is mpox?Mpox (pronounced “em-pox”) is a disease caused by the monkeypox virus. The monkeypox virus is in the same family of viruses as the virus that causes smallpox. Mpox and smallpox symptoms are similar, but mpox symptoms are milder and rarely fatal. How is mpox spread?Mpox is spread primarily through close skin-to-skin contact with infectious sores or...
April 14, 2022
APLA Health Commemorated STD Awareness Week With a Grand Opening Celebration of Its Brand New Out Here Sexual Health Center, Baldwin Hills
On Tuesday, April 12th, APLA Health commemorated STD Awareness Week (April 10-16, 2022) with a grand opening celebration of its brand new Out Here Sexual Health Center, Baldwin Hills featuring speeches from CA Senator Sydney Kamlager (30th District), CA Assembly member Isaac G. Bryan (District 54), Mario J. Pérez (Director of the Division of HIV and STD Programs, Los...
April 08, 2022
APLA Health congratulates the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic appointment to the United States Supreme Court
April 8, 2022 – APLA Health congratulates the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her historic appointment to the United States Supreme Court “APLA Health is proud to congratulate the Honorable Ketanji Brown Jackson on her appointment as the 116th Justice of the United States Supreme Court, the first Black woman and first public defender to...
April 01, 2022
APLA Health Earns Top Score in Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2022 Health Equality Index
April 1, 2022 – APLA Health has earned a perfect 100 score on the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s (HRC) recently released 2022 Healthcare Equality Index (HEI), resulting in the coveted “LGBTQ+ Healthcare Equality Leader” designation. In its 15th year, a record 906 healthcare facilities actively participated in this national LGBTQ+ benchmarking survey of healthcare facilities...
March 16, 2022
APLA Health Joins Coalition to Urge Governor and Legislature to Allocate $105 Million to Tackle the HIV, STI, Viral Hepatitis and Overdose Epidemics
Assemblymember Evan Low (D-Silicon Valley), Chair of the California Legislative LGBTQ Caucus, to Champion Budget Request in Legislature March 16, 2022 – Today, APLA Health joined End the Epidemics, a statewide coalition of more than 150 community organizations, in urging Governor Newsom and the California Legislature to allocate $105 million in the state budget to address alarming increases...
December 01, 2021
APLA Health Announces Production On “Commitment To Life,” A Feature-Length Documentary on the Fight Against HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles Directed by Emmy-Award Winning Director, Jeffrey Schwarz
APLA Health announced today, World AIDS Day 2021, that it is currently in production on COMMITMENT TO LIFE, a feature-length documentary about the true story of the fight against HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles—and how an intrepid group of people living with HIV/AIDS, doctors, movie stars, studio moguls and activists changed the course of the epidemic....
November 24, 2021
APLA Health Celebrates 35 Years of the Vance North Necessities of Life Program and Passes 17 Million Meals Distributed to Low-Income Clients Living with HIV/AIDS
The country’s largest food pantry network for people living with HIV/AIDS commemorates an important milestone. November 2021 marks the 35th anniversary of one of APLA Health’s most critically needed services: our Vance North Necessities of Life Program (NOLP) food pantries. NOLP began as a $35-a-week food voucher program run by Ken and Alfia Hollywood out...