On December 12, 2016, the City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator’s Office, in collaboration with many key community partners, hosted a one-day event on “Addressing the Intersection of Racism and HIV.” The event discussed important topics such as the role of mass incarceration in the spread of HIV, provision of health care services by jails and police departments to economically disadvantaged people and other individuals who come in contact with law enforcement, and the shifting demographics of HIV and how that impacts the policy decisions being made. Speakers challenged those of us in attendance to reflect on the ways in which organizational practices could have unintended, negative consequences that disproportionately impact HIV-positive people of color. Additionally, panelists discussed the ways in which the direct criminalization of HIV promulgates stigma and fear among the community. The event was a great success, providing important and relevant information to over 120 frontline staff, including Drug and Alcohol Counselors, MSWs, MFTs, public health professionals, and LCSWs!
Congratulations to the conference planning committee for coordinating a wonderful event! UCLA Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) is proud to be a co-sponsor of the event.