National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance to recognize the impact of HIV on women and girls. This year, the Commission on Status of Women In Partnership with Councilmember Gil Cedillo, Council District One, HOLA, the Department of Recreation, and Parks and the Los Angeles County HIV Drug & Alcohol Task Force are coming together to produce an awareness event. We are also collaborating with the following community sponsors: AIDS Project Los Angeles; AIDS Healthcare Foundation; the Alcoholism Center for Women, Heart of Art Gallery; and the Los Angeles Women’s HIV/AIDS Task Force. Our event will take place at the Levitt Pavilion in Macarthur Park (2230 W 6th St, Los Angeles, CA 90057) on Thursday, March 10, 2016 from 10:00am – 2:00pm.
The racial/ethnic distribution of new HIV diagnoses differed by sex: among females, 47% were Latina, 37% Black, and 12% White. … Although far more Whites and Latinos were diagnosed with HIV infection, Blacks who represent less than 9 percent of the general population in this county had nearly a quarter of the cases and the highest annual rate of diagnosis at 50 per 100,000 – more than triple the rate of Whites (15/100,000) and nearly triple that of Latinos (19/100,000).
(2013 Surveillance Report: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/wwwfiles/ph/hae/hiv/2013AnnualSurveillanceReport.pdf)
This year we want to bring an awareness event to the people who need it most. The Levitt Pavilion is situated directly across from the Department of Public Social Services, which serves the most impoverished people in Los Angeles. As we know, poverty is a definite driver of the epidemic. Macarthur Park, however much it has been cleaned up, is still a known drug use and sales area. There are also many homeless people in the neighborhood. The neighborhood is full of people of color, who are disproportionally impacted by HIV, so it is the perfect venue for an awareness event. The goal of our event is to get as many people – especially women and the people who partner with them – tested for HIV during our time at the park as possible. To that end, we plan to have a testing van (which will be provided by AIDS Healthcare Foundation) which can provide on-site rapid testing. We plan to have food trucks there as well. We will host a resource fair, and will have space for performers – musical, dance and spoken word). We are also going to have a Zumba instructor participate. Heart of Art is going to host a space for folks who want to make art. We know that when we are using the creative side of our brains (listening to music, dancing, making art) we become more open and less rigid in our thinking. We hope that this will work quietly to break down resistance to testing, and to hearing the information that is available.
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