Long Beach Department of Health Invites Community to World AIDS Day Forum

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world aids dayThe Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services (Health Department) is inviting the community to participate in a World AIDS Day community forum titled “Getting to Zero” on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 9:30 am at the Miller Family Health Education Center, 3820 Cherry Ave., Long Beach. The forum will include a panel discussion from experts in the medical community, and a panel from community members “Voices of the Community.”

“World AIDS Day is an excellent opportunity to evaluate where we are at with the HIV/AIDS epidemic locally, and to see how we can continue to work together to reverse the continuing trend of new infections throughout the region and around the world,” Mayor Bob Foster said.

More than 3,000 people have died from AIDS in Long Beach since the virus was first detected in 1981. Advances in medicine have assisted in lowering the death rate from AIDS around the world; however, new infections continue to challenge the local HIV/AIDS medical and service community.

The forum is made possible through support from the Long Beach Health Department, Long Beach Cares, Merck, Gilead, Janssen, and Abbott Laboratories. To register for the event, please call 562.570.4329 or email marina.ohlson-smorick@longbeach.gov.


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