Advocates sponsor countywide summit on new treatments to prevent HIV infection
The Los Angeles chapter of the Black Treatment Advocates Network (BTAN) and the Black AIDS Institute, in partnership with Gilead Sciences, Car Pros Kia of Carson, FAME Corporations, Reach LA, THE Clinic, JWCH Institute, The Men’s Health Foundation, and other local organizations sponsored “Black Lives Matter: What’s PrEP Got to Do with It” on March 31.
The summit addressed the underutilization of PrEP and other biomedical interventions in Black communities. Also, information was shared on the latest biomedical advances in preventing the disease as well as resources to help people in Los Angeles County at high risk for HIV infection access services.
The Black AIDS Institute also released its 2016 State of AIDS in Black America Report. This annual report and roundup explores the latest scientific, educational, and public policy breakthroughs of the year and provides an analysis of the import of these developments to and on Black communities.
Presentations included Biomedical Science Overview; Accessing Health Insurance and Financing PrEP, Best Practices in Teaching, Prescribing and Taking PrEP. The afternoon breakout sessions will explore the Influence of Intersectionality on Black Gay, Bisexual & Other Same-Gender-Loving Men; Black Women; Black Transgender People; Black Heterosexual Men; and Black Youth.
Phill Wilson, Black AIDS Institute president/CEO, said, “We hope the summit will raise awareness of PrEP in Black communities. PrEP has been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of an HIV negative person acquiring HIV-from a positive partner or a partner of unknown HIV status. While the uptake of PrEP is growing in other communities, it is still being underutilized in Black communities.
“This is a classic example of Black people potentially being left behind. We have a treatment, when used appropriately, can potentially help end the AIDS epidemic in our community and most of us don’t know anything about it.”
The summit also provided HIV testing throughout the day and all summit attendees were entered into a free raffle for a brand new 2016 Kia Forte from Car Pros Kia of Carson.