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January 30, 2023

Out Here Presents Black History Month

Media Contact:
Joe Hui
Director of Communications
jhui@aplahealth.org
213.201.1342

1.30.2023

On Tuesday February 7th, #HealthyHim and NETWORX will be hosting a Black Queer Market in Conference Room D from 3pm–8pm in partnership with black owned businesses from the surrounding area. During this event, we will be offering incentivized HIV testing and hosting an engaging and immersive PrEP/PEP presentation and also sharing current data that still shows that Black people are disproportionately affected by HIV. This will serve as our official NBHAAD (National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day) event and will also be the launch to our Black History Month Celebration.

On Saturday, February 11th, NETWORX in partnership with the Out Here Sexual Health Clinic will host the second event in our Sexual Health Saturdays series at the Out Here Sexual Health Center from 9am–2pm where HIV testing, STD testing and treatment, PrEP & PEP services, and mpox vaccinations will be open and available to the community and all participants.

In addition, on Saturday, February 18th, NETWORX will be partnering with The Resilient One which is a black owned organization based in LA where we will be aiding and assisting with the packaging of clothing that will be donated to the community on Skid Row. At this event, titled “PrEP The Love” we will be hosting/holding space for the packing of the clothing items in addition to our program materials, offering on site incentivized HIV testing to all participants that come to assist us and the event is being promoted to local college students that need community service hours.

In conclusion, on Friday, February 24th, NETWORX will close out Black History Month with the “Back to Black” Drag Show dedicated to the icons of Black Music. The theme is “Black Music: A Night at the Grammys”. This event will be hosted by Kaylan and will feature drag performances of classic hits by Donna Summer, Whitney Houston, Beyoncé and more.

For more information on any of these events, please contact Ty Gaffney-Smith at 323.329.9913 or tgaffney-smith@outherehealth.com.

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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.

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