Black Los Angeles HIV/AIDS Coalition (BLAAC): Community Discussion on PrEP

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Date(s) - Jun 19, 2012
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Offices of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas


The Black Los Angeles HIV/AIDS Coalition (BLAAC) proudly invites you to:

“A Community Discussion on PrEP” 


The  Black Los Angeles HIV/AIDS Coalition (BLAAC), will host a community discussion on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) on Tuesday, June 19, 2012,  at the Exposition Office – Community Room of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas  from 6:00pm – 9:00pm.

PrEP is one of the biomedical strategies now available to address the HIV epidemic. PrEP involves taking a pill called Truvada once-a day.  Truvada combines two HIV-fighting antiretroviral drugs, tenofovir (Viread) and emtricitabine (Emtriva) in order to prevent individuals from contracting HIV. The PrEP strategy also includes prevention counseling and regular testing for HIV.

 “It is our intention in holding this Community Discussion to provide an opportunity for the Black community to have an open and thoughtful dialogue about PrEP,” said Mr. Terry L. Smith, MPA, President of BLAAC.  “Community discussions such as the one that we are having are essential to ensure that the Black community is informed on advances in HIV that will increase the capacity of the Black community to respond to HIV”.

The forum will include:  a brief overview of the HIV epidemic in Los Angeles, a general overview of PrEP, and questions to be answered by a panel of community members followed by a community discussion. Vincent B. Ofori, a member of BLAAC, will serve as moderator for the evening.

Panelists Include (listed alphabetically):

  • Merrill Crump (Invited), Center for Health Justice
  • Tina B. Henderson, Ph.D., JWCH Institute, Inc.
  • Dr. William D. King, MD, JD. W King Health Care Group
  • Javonte Wilson, Youth Community Activist
  • Phill Wilson, CEO Black AIDS Institute

The Community Discussion will be held at the community room inside the offices of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, which is located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037. 

The event will take place on Tuesday evening, June 19, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

Free parking provided and public transportation accessible.

Light refreshments will be served promptly at 5pm.

Admission is free but space is limited. To reserve your seat please RSVP by visiting:



For additional information email: or call (323) 863-6510


Black Los Angeles, HIV/AIDS Coalition strives to create an environment that promotes the health and wellness of Black people by advocating for culturally informed strategies and polices that lead to the end of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.