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HIV Testing Week in L.A. County Starts Today With Event at Rose Bowl

Photo of an HIV/AIDS blood test by SimplyAvoir via Flickr
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This month marks 30 years since the Centers for Disease Control published its first mention of AIDS, and today marks the start of HIV Testing Week in Los Angeles County. A county-wide effort is underway to make HIV testing as easy and convenient as possible for residents. Mobile HIV testing units will be at a variety of locations ranging from the Rose Bowl in Pasadena today from Noon to 4 p.m. to nightclubs, parks and community centers throughout the week, concluding July 2.

The Erase Doubt campaign provided some statistics about HIV in L.A. County:

  • It is estimated that just over half of all new sexually transmitted HIV infections are spread by people who have it and don't know it
  • 7 out of 10 people living with HIV/AIDS in LA County are gay or bisexual men
  • It is estimated that transgender individuals have the highest rate of HIV infection among any other group in LA County
  • African-Americans make up 9.8% of LA County's population, but account for 22% of living HIV/AIDS cases
  • Latinos make up the largest number of people living with AIDS of any racial and ethnic group in LA County
  • 70% of women living with AIDS in LA County got HIV through heterosexual contact

A full schedule of testing events and locations is available via Erase Doubt.