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AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Role in the City of Los Angeles' HIV Testing Initiative
Date:11/30/2007

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will provide $100,000 in initial in-kind services toward this landmark public/private partnership-the City of Los Angeles HIV Testing Initiative announced this morning in Los Angeles and New York. AHF's expected contributions include:

-- Staffing and covering the salary of a full-time, citywide coordinator

for the overall HIV testing initiative

-- Spearheading and financing a Public Policy component to support the

Initiative, including a --

- Legislative Platform

- Working with legislators in Sacramento to craft legislation

to require insurers to cover HIV testing (In 2006, the CDC

issued a groundbreaking recommendation that every person age

13 to 64 receive an HIV test a part of their routine medical

care in clinics, doctors' offices and emergency rooms.

However, the recommendation is being poorly implemented, as

insurers balk at covering the costs of such tests, and

providers and hospitals do not want to have to absorb the

costs themselves).

- Regulatory Platform

- Working with DHS, etc. to streamline the regulatory process as

far as actually testing, and the training of HIV pre and post-

test counselors.

-- Fundraising

- Pursuit of government and private grant monies

- Pursuit of private donations to the effort

-- HIV Testing - Conducting a number (to be determined) of the free HIV

tests conducted over the next four years (2008-2011) NOTE: A majority

of this new testing will take place primarily in medical settings-

clinics, ERs, doctors' offices, focusing more on the community-at-

large.

"This innovative public/private partnership to do one-million HIV tests in the City o
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