For Immediate Release

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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.


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 focusing on 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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