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), one of the largest non-profit AIDS service organizations in the United States, provides bilingual direct services, prevention education and leadership on HIV/AIDS-related policy and legislation. With more than 30 years of service, APLA is a community-based, volunteer-supported organization with local, national and global reach. For more information, visit apla.org.

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