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Alex Medina
Director of Communications
December 1, 2017

This World AIDS Day 2017 Commit to the Fight to End the Epidemic

This World AIDS Day, APLA Health remembers the more than 35,000 people who have died in Los Angeles County and honors the lives of the approximately 60,000 of our neighbors who are living with HIV/AIDS. We also encourage everyone to be a part of the fight to end the epidemic.

“It will take all of us working together to end the epidemic. We must reach out to our friends, our families, our neighbors and our government to let them know the fight to end HIV and AIDS is not over.” said Craig E. Thompson, Chief Executive Officer of APLA Health. “There are still individuals out there who are struggling to find the support they need in Los Angeles County. APLA Health is continuing our mission and reaching out to communities from Lancaster to Long Beach to make certain that everyone has the tools, knowledge and support networks they need to take care of themselves and their loved ones to stop this epidemic.”

Every year on World AIDS Day, we show support for the nearly 40 million people worldwide who are living with HIV or AIDS and remember the more than 35 million who have died since the epidemic began more than 36 years ago.

APLA Health was founded 35 years ago as a movement to support those who were turned away by their families and their government. Today, we are still fighting the disease and continuing to work to get to zero new infections. We continued to expand our services to South Los Angeles and Long Beach to ensure that people across the County are able to access the care they deserve.

One of the most important things you can do in the fight against HIV/AIDS is to get tested and know your HIV status. We provide free, confidential, and rapid testing at three locations:

Gleicher/Chen Health Center
Baldwin Hills
3743 S. La Brea Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Long Beach Health Center
1043 Elm Ave., Suite 302
Long Beach, CA 90813
APLA Health at Tarzana Treatment Center
907 W. Lancaster Blvd.
Lancaster, CA 93534
You can also find out where to get an HIV test near you at


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 15 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