For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Luke Klipp
213.201.1378 (o)
lklipp@apla.org

ACTION ALERT: Call Governor Brown today!

AIDS Project Los Angeles is asking you to please take two minutes to urge Governor Jerry Brown to sign three important pieces of legislation sitting on his desk right now.

Please call Governor Brown at (916) 445-2841 or e-mail him through his website online at http://govnews.ca.gov/gov39mail/mail.php and tell him to sign these bills!

AB 999 (Bonta), which would add condom-dispensing machines to all of California’s state prisons over the next few years. California’s incarcerated population is at an especially high-risk for transmission of HIV, and adding condom-dispensers to state prisons is a sensible, simple response to help slow the spread of HIV.

SB 249 (Leno), which would make it easier for people in the AIDS Drug Assistance Program (ADAP) to safely transition to Medi-Cal or the state’s health insurance exchange, Covered California. Doctors need important information on their patients’ medical history, and this bill makes getting that information a little easier to ensure that they can continue to provide life-saving treatment and care.

AB 446 (Mitchell), which would bring more routine HIV testing to community clinics across California. A large number of new HIV infections every year come from people who spread the disease without knowing they are HIV-positive. This bill encourages more widespread HIV testing to identify more people living with HIV and get them into treatment and care.

Thank you for your efforts in support of the three important pieces of legislation! Should you have any questions about any bill, please contact Luke Klipp, APLA State Affairs Specialist, at lklipp@apla.org.

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AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) was founded in 1983 and is one of the largest nonprofit HIV/AIDS service organizations in the United States. APLA provides bilingual support to more than 6,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. Additionally, APLA conducts behavioral research designed to inform the development of evidenced-based interventions and assists health departments in evaluating their HIV/AIDS services to ensure the delivery of effective and quality programs. APLA also provides administrative and fiscal support to the Global Forum on Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSMGF), which promotes and advocated for the health and human rights of MSM internationally. APLA is proud to be a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national, and global reach. For more information, please visit apla.org.

APLA Health & Wellness (APLAHW) provides primary medical and oral health care, behavioral health services, HIV testing, PrEP counseling and management of eligible clients, STD screening/treatment, and health education and HIV-prevention services, with a specific focus on low-income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals living in Los Angeles County. APLAHW is a federally qualified health center that includes: the Gleicher / Chen Health Center in South Los Angeles; the Wilshire Dental Clinic downtown; Behavioral Health Services at the David Geffen Center in Mid-City; as well as a mobile dental facility. The S. Mark Taper Foundation Dental Clinic in South Los Angeles is also part of APLAHW. APLAHW serves more than 8,000 people each year. For more information, please visit aplahw.org.

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