For Immediate Release
The City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator's Office is facing a funding gap that could disrupt or kill irreplaceable HIV prevention services. Contact the Mayor and your City Councilmember today and ask them to find a solution.
As the Los Angeles Times recently reported, the Federal government has changed the guidelines for the way cities like Los Angeles use money from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), resulting in sudden cuts to HIV services that the city has funded for years. We need the City Council to immediately come up with replacement funding to ensure that these vital services continue without interruption.
These programs support an array of innovative HIV prevention activities in Los Angeles: HIV testing at targeted sites; health education including APLA's Red Circle Project, the only outreach program for our local Native American population; syringe exchange and disposal programs that have no other source of support in part because of a federal funding ban on needle exchange programs. These are proven strategies that target some of our most vulnerable populations and are part of a critical public health network that reduces the burden of HIV throughout our city.
Beginning next week, the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator's Office will have no funding for these programs for the next three months. If these programs can survive, they face a severe 43% budget reduction when they return. We need funding to cover those services for the next three months while we work to save these irreplaceable public health programs.
Both Mayor Garcetti and City Councilmembers have expressed their support for these programs — the time is now for us to work together to avert this public health crisis.
Take action now. Thank you!
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 evidence-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 advocates 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.