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December 20, 2011 > Support for HIV/AIDS testing

Support for HIV/AIDS testing

Submitted By Jessie Mangaliman

A Tri-City non-profit that provides mobile HIV testing in nightclubs and motels has received a $75,000 grant from Kaiser Permanente to expand its outreach to African-American Latino youth, a population group disproportionately affected by the AIDS epidemic.

Tri-City Health Center, which serves Fremont, Hayward and also Oakland and Livermore, will use the grant to expand HIV testing to African-American and Latino young gay men, day laborers, and transgender youth. Last year, Tri-City tested and counseled nearly 1,400 youth in Alameda County.

"These funds are instrumental in helping Tri-City Health complete the work that we do on HIV/AIDS prevention and education in the community," said Juliana Schirmer, development director of Tri-City Health Center. "State funding for HIV/AIDS education and testing have been radically cut in recent years and we're now looking to our community partners to provide the necessary funds that allow us to continue providing these much needed services."

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