For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:
Kristen Hellwig
213.201.1435 (o)
khellwig@apla.org

National HIV Testing Day - June 27, 2013

Los Angeles, Calif. (June 24, 2013) - Thursday, June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. The day was established as a national observance to promote HIV testing, and it is the perfect time for YOU to get involved! Take the test, take control, and join us at one of the APLA Health & Wellness Center events below. The APLA Health & Wellness Center is located at 3743 South La Brea Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90016.

Thursday, June 27: Regular testing hours at The David Geffen Center and at the APLA Health & Wellness Center.

On June 27 and June 28, APLA will be testing at two local Walgreens stores as part of the Greater Than AIDS campaign.

Friday, June 28: Fourth Fridayz, a youth focused testing event, will occur from 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM. This event will include outreach by members of Mpowerment at APLA, an HIV prevention program for young gay, bisexual, and questioning men of color. Staff members will be at the corner of Coliseum / La Brea in South Los Angeles with a “honk if you want condoms” sign, bringing people into the event which will include a DJ, condom distribution, light refreshments, and of course, free HIV testing and STD screening.

Saturday, June 29: “Our Community, Our Responsibility” will be held at the APLA Health & Wellness Center from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The event will include outreach activities, a DJ, an HIV/STD fact room, HIV/STD 101 sessions, light refreshments, and of course free HIV testing and STD screening/treatment.

For more information on any of the events mentioned above, call 323.329.9900.

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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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