For Immediate Release
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AIDS Project Los Angeles, one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct care and treatment services to over 7,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles annually and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. In 2013, APLA marked its 30th year of operation, and we are a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach.
APLA Health & Wellness is a Federally Qualified Health Center providing primary medical care, oral healthcare, mental health services, HIV testing, STD screening/ treatment and health education and HIV prevention services targeting low income gay and bisexual men of color and transgender individuals. APLA Health & Wellness serves over 6,000 individuals across Los Angeles County each year.
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