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Los Angeles LGBT Center

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has been a leader in battling AIDS and caring for those who are HIV-infected since the earliest days of the pandemic. In 1982 the Center founded the Southern California AIDS Hotline, which would later become AIDS Project Los Angeles. In 1985, the Center opened California's first HIV testing site. By 1986, the Center's Ed D. Edelman Health Clinic was the largest HIV clinic in the nation.

Today, the Center's Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic offers people living with HIV/AIDS comprehensive free or low-cost primary and specialty medical care. The clinic's staff of HIV/AIDS specialists--including board-certified physicians, social services case managers, adherence counselors and a nutritionist--care for more than 2,700 people each year, most of whom have no other access to medical care.

In addition to the Goodman Clinic's medical services, the Center's staff of mental health professionals offer one-on-one and group therapy to help people struggling with HIV overcome substance abuse and addiction, adhere to difficult HIV drug regimens, improve self-esteem, survive the trauma of a new HIV diagnosis and manage other issues they may be facing. The program serves more than 1,600 people each year.

The Center's on-site pharmacy serves those most in need, providing specialized drug therapy management. Last year, the pharmacy distributed more than 178,000 prescriptions.

The Center tests between 1,500 and 1,800 people for HIV each month and was one of the first in the nation to adopt rapid HIV testing. Those who test positive can be referred immediately to the Goodman Clinic or other Center programs for treatment or counseling. In addition to HIV testing, the Center provides comprehensive STD screenings and STD treatments, HPV and hepatitis A and B vaccinations, and pre- and post-exposure prophylaxis to thousands of LGBT people every year.

The Center works to reduce the spread of HIV through myriad education and prevention services, including: WehoLife.org, a website featuring a variety of entertaining HIV prevention videos and links to resources at the Center to reduce the risk of infection for those who live or work in West Hollywood; Positive Images, a "live better program" for HIV-positive people; and the “I Know” campaign, which encourages young gay and bisexual men of color to get tested regularly and make informed decision about sex.


For more information, read the Center's fact sheet or visit www.lalgbtcenterorg.