Gayle Anderson was live at Hooper’s Shell Service Station for the beginning of a weeklong series of FREE HIV testing and STD screening clinics. Although NATIONAL HIV TESTING DAY is Wednesday, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) is hosting several events June 25th through June 27th in collaboration with the Magic Johnson Foundation, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, and Kaiser Permanente Southern California, will offer FREE HIV rapid testing at Hooper’s Shell Gas Station in Los Angeles on Monday, June 25 and Tuesday, June 26 from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.

 

With an oral swab or finger stick, individuals can know their HIV status, and if HIV positive, they can be immediately referred to local HIV/AIDS treatment clinics. Also, there will be free Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) screenings for Gonorrhea and Chlamydia Tuesday. The first 200 attendees each day who stop by to take an HIV rapid test will be given a $25.00 gift card to purchase gasoline at the Hooper’s Shell Gas Station.

 

To kick off the activities, Kaiser Permanente will present a $75,000 grant to CDU’s HIV/AIDS Education and Community Outreach

Project at 10:00am on Monday, June 25th. The grant will be used to enhance CDU’s educational outreach and HIV testing program in South

Los Angeles targeting at risk sexually active youth and young adults. 

 

Also, CDU will offer testing and screenings at the Center for Public Health Wednesday, June 27th, as part of the “Take the Test, Take Control” campaign.

 

In the U.S., it is estimated that 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV infection and 1 of every 5 of these Americans do not know that they are HIV infected.  In Los Angeles County, with 10 million residents, the local health department estimates that there are approximately 62,800 people living with HIV/AIDS and of these, 13,500 are HIV positive and do not know their status.

 

The National Association of People Living with AIDS initiated the first National HIV Testing Day in 1995 in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local HIV/AIDS service providers across the country.  Now in its 18th year, CDU and other HIV/AIDS service providers throughout Los Angeles County will be honoring the day by offering free HIV rapid testing and Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) screenings. 

 

Outside of Hollywood, Long Beach, and the Skid Row area of Los Angeles County, South Los Angeles has some of the highest rates of HIV as well as other common STDs such as gonorrhea and Chlamydia.  African American and Latina females, aged 15 to 24, residing in South Los Angeles, have the highest rates of gonorrhea and Chlamydia infection in Los Angeles County.  When you are infected with an STD and are having unprotected sex with someone who is HIV infected, you are 3 to 5 times more likely to contract HIV.  Additionally, sexually active individuals, male or female, infected with STDs, which are untreated, can become infertile and/or sterile.  All STDs are 100% preventable.

 

About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science:
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution.  Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals.  The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS.  Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute.  For more information,

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
1731 East 120th Street
Los Angeles, CA 90059
323-563-4987
www.cdrewu.edu

Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hooper’s Shell Gas Station
11913 Compton Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90059 

Wednesday, June 27, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Center for Public Health
11833 Wilmington Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90059 

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com