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AIDS Impacts Minority Communities in LA

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The Sacramento Bee reports that according to the CDC, AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American Women ages 25 to 54.

The LA Daily News notes that minorities, who combined are actually the majority of the population of Los Angeles, are hardest hit by the disease with higher rates of both infection and death.

Here are some things, people, and places working to change these facts today and this week:

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Bryant Temple African Methodist Episcopal Church is hosting an entire week of activities. Today The Bryant Temple Women's Ministry will begin a 3-day revival to address the specific issue of AIDS and African American women.

Unity Fellowship of Christ Church is hosting on-site HIV testing all day today from 9 AM til 5 PM at 5149 W. Jefferson.

UCLA's Dr. Vickie Mays will be honored by amfAR in New York City today. Dr. Mays was one of the first people to demonstrate that African American and American Latino women have disproportinately higher rates of infection than American White women.

The Highways Performance Space in Santa Monica begins hosting AIDS Everlasting today. Performances begin each night at 8:30 PM and Tickets are $15.

And, on Saturday, The African American HIV Summit will be held at USC's Bovard Auditorium. Tavis Smiley, Danny Glover and Iyanla Vanzant are among the panelists. The event runs from 8 AM til 2 PM and admission is FREE.

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