For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Bart Verry
213.201.1525 (o)
bverry@apla.org

APLA Mourns the Loss of International AIDS Conference Delegates on Malaysia Flight 17

Los Angeles, CA (July 18, 2014) — AIDS Project Los Angeles joins members of the HIV/AIDS community across the globe in expressing deep sadness at the news that some of the nearly 300 people who died aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were researchers, advocates, and individuals living with HIV/AIDS on their way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Many long time colleagues and friends were on board, including several who were set to speak at the APLA-affiliated Global Forum on MSM & HIV (MSMGF) Pre-Conference in Melbourne this weekend. There is no doubt that these individuals worked tirelessly to improve the lives of individuals living with HIV/AIDS and end the epidemic. We feel immense pain for this terrible tragedy, but the contributions that these individuals made will not be forgotten. Our Board, staff and volunteers extend our condolences to the families and friends of all those who were lost.

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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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