The fair featured HIV and AIDS educational booths along with a variety of information and services.
Recently the Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center (LAC+USC) hosted their 26th anniversary of the National World AIDS Day with a health fair for the public and hospital staff. The fair was organized by the Rand Schrader Health and Research Center. The event took place on the courtyard of the hospital located at 2051 Marengo Street Los Angeles CA 90033.
National World AIDS Day has been observed every year on December 1st since 1988. The fair featured HIV and AIDS educational booths provided by community agencies, free rapid HIV testing, and information regarding services available at the Rand Schrader HIV clinic. The event also featured a long term patient, who was interested in sharing his story and experience.
The LAC+USC Rand Schrader Health & Research Center was among the first HIV clinics in Los Angeles County, since it opened its doors in 1985 (at that time operating out of the 5th floor of OPD). The Rand Schrader Clinic located at 1300 N. Mission Rd. continues to provide HIV specialty care and general primary care to approximately 2,300 HIV positive patients.
Seventy five percent (75 %) of the patients are Hispanics, 15% African American, 5% White, and 5% Asian and other ethnic groups. In the United States an estimated fifty two percent (52%) of all the new HIV infections are caused by the approximately 28% of those who are infected but are unaware of their status.
Today, an estimated 35 million people around the world are living with HIV. In the United States, an estimated 1.1 million people are living with HIV and/or AIDS. In Los Angeles County, approximately 60,000 people live with HIV and/or AIDS.
LAC+USC Medical Center health fair is a part of a worldwide effort to raise awareness of the global pandemic of this disease and encourage individuals, institutions, and government organizations to work together on developing solutions to halt this epidemic.