AIDS Project Los Angeles opened the nation’s first dental facility dedicated to serving people with HIV/AIDS in March 1985. Today, APLA Health & Wellness’ dental program offers services to everyone, regardless of HIV status, and operates from three locations and through a mobile dental clinic, which reaches underserved regions across Los Angeles County.
APLA Health & Wellness offers comprehensive dental care, including diagnostic exams, cleanings, X-rays, fillings, crowns, partial or full dentures, root canals, and extractions. We also work closely with the oral surgery department at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center, the specialty programs at both UCLA and USC dental schools, and many other local health organizations to avoid service duplication and to maximize community resources.
We treat all patients, regardless of HIV status or ability to pay. Approximately 40% of HIV-positive clients receive free services, while others pay on a sliding-scale fee basis or through insurance billing as appropriate.