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AHF Launches 'Public Health Division'
Date:9/25/2007

les County, including South Los Angeles, San Bernardino County, the Bay area in Northern California, and most recently South Florida. Additionally, AHF offers HIV testing, counseling and referral services in Tijuana, Mexico. Originally offering services solely aimed at HIV testing and counseling, the department has also increased the scope of its services to include screening for other sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhea and syphilis, often a co-factor in HIV transmission.

"We are pleased to announce AHF's Public Health Division and its new charter to provide expanded services with a broader reach both in the U.S. and abroad," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation. "We believe that the best way to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic around the globe is to take a public health approach that offers both access to treatment as well as public education and testing services. As a provider of HIV/AIDS treatment in 15 countries, we are in a unique position to offer this breadth of services. With the Public Health Division's new expanded mission, AHF looks forward to not only building on our existing services but also continuing to advocate for sound public health policy with the aim of reducing new infections and getting more people into treatment."

In addition to its growth in response to changing demographics, the department has also expanded its breadth of services to include the development and implementation of highly effective social marketing campaigns funded by the federal Centers for the Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Los Angeles County aimed at HIV education and risk reduction. An example of AHF's most recent success in this social arena is its 'Stay Negative' HIV prevention campaign, funded in part by the CDC and Los Angeles County. A post-campaign survey found that the initiative achieved extraordinary success in its aim to reach its target audience with an effective health education and risk reduction cam
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