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
- Regulatory Platform
- Working with DHS, etc. to streamline the regulatory process as
far as actually testing, and the training of HIV pre and post-
- 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-
"This innovative public/private partnership to do one-million HIV tests in the City of Los Angeles over the next four years comes at the right time, in the right city with the right partners," said Whitney Engeran, III, Director of AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Public Health Division. "There is a clear and compelling need to dramatically scale up testing nationwide, and Los Angeles is a large enough city for a program such as this to really work, yet small enough that we can be nimble and adapt the program as needed along the way."
AHF is currently the operator of California's largest alternative, community-based HIV testing program, administering over 15,000 free tests per year. AHF provides testing seven-day-a-week at two of its Out of the Closet thrift store locations in Los Angeles (Hollywood & West Hollywood); in the L.A. County Jails system; and on two mobile testing vans, including the AHF Magic Johnson M-Power-U testing van.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the US' largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider, currently provides treatment, care and support services to more than 61,000 individuals in 19 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean and Asia. Additional information is available at http://www.aidshealth.org
|SOURCE AIDS Healthcare Foundation|
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