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January 1, 2013 > Kaiser Permanente promotes HIV/AIDS testing and education

Kaiser Permanente promotes HIV/AIDS testing and education

Submitted By Jessie Mangaliman

As part of its efforts to prevent new HIV infections in populations disproportionately affected by the epidemic, a fund established by Kaiser Permanente has awarded $750,000 to 10 Northern California organizations offering HIV and AIDS education, prevention, testing, and connections to care.

Tri-City Health Center in Fremont, one of the grant recipients, offers mobile HIV testing and counseling services, which allows them to reach young people in nightclubs, parks, homeless camps and motels. The groupÕs Project LOUD (Live Outreach Uniquely Delivered) will expand testing to African-American and Latino youth, Latino day laborers, gay men, transgender individuals and youth who regularly miss school. Tri-City Health tested 2,632 youth in Alameda County last year.

While HIV treatments offer more promise than ever before, the virus continues to hit certain communities hard, particularly African Americans, Latinos, youth, transgender people, and gay and bisexual men. The grants started Dec. 1, the 25th observance of World AIDS Day.

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