You can help create API funding opportunities for HIV prevention!

The A3PCON HIV Caucus Committee, representing the API community, will be joining with the Native American coalition (organized through the Red Circle Project) to create recommendations for the next LA County HIV Prevention Plan, which is funded by the Office of AIDS Programs and Policy (OAPP). As Chair of the HIV Caucus Committee I invite you, and/or available staff, to attend our first meeting on

 

Thursday, February 24th, 2pm to 4pm at the Indochinese Youth Community Center (14112 S. Kingsley Drive Gardena, CA 90247)

RSVP to Kimler Gutierrez, kgutierrez@aphcv.org

The API community has never submitted recommendations to the OAPP, thus past prevention plans have failed to adequately address HIV as it presents itself in the API community. Furthermore, the few funds available to APIs are concentrated into prevention services only in Downtown LA, clearly limiting service availability. Native American issues around HIV are very similar to APIs – that of being marginalized by mainstream prevention efforts due to social assumptions and lack of data. Together our communities will have a voice that cannot be ignored.

 

Between 2001 and 2004, APIs represented less than 1% of all US HIV/AIDS cases, yet APIs had the highest estimated annual percentage increase in HIV/AIDS diagnosis rates of all race/ethnicities (8.1% for males and 14.3% for females). When populations such as APIs show low prevalence (overall numbers) but high increases in incidence (new diagnoses), prevention efforts are crucial to keep future HIV/AIDS cases low. (Further reading here)

 

With that said, the low prevalence of HIV cases among Asians and Pacific Islanders may not reflect the true burden of the epidemic. Not all states with large Asian and Pacific Islander populations have been conducting HIV surveillance long enough to be included in surveillance. Here in California, where a large proportion of Asians and Pacific Islanders live, we began HIV surveillance only during the past few years; thus, our HIV data are not included in surveillance reports.

Because of language and cultural barriers, lack of access to care, and other issues, many Asians and Pacific Islanders underuse health care and prevention services. A study of the use of HIV services by 653 Asians and Pacific Islanders showed that a relatively high proportion had advanced disease and used hospital-based services. Few of them, however, used HIV case management services, housing assistance, substance use treatment, or health education services. (Further CDC information available here)

 

By attending this meeting your organization is helping ensure adequate HIV prevention funding is made available to our, as well as the Native American, community for the 2013 prevention plan. You DO NOT need experience working with HIV – your experience working and living in the API community is what is most valuable at this key time.

 

Thursday, February 24th, 2pm to 4pm at the Indochinese Youth Community Center (14112 S. Kingsley Drive Gardena, CA 90247)

RSVP to Kimler Gutierrez, kgutierrez@aphcv.org

 

Kimler Cruz Gutierrez

Program Assistant

Asian Pacific Health Care Venture, Inc.

1530 Hillhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027

tel: (323)644-3880 ext.225; fax: (323)644-3892

www.aphcv.org

www.realyc.com

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