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World AIDS Day — December 1

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World AIDS Day is held on December 1 each year and it is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and commemorate those who have died. This year's theme is "Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-free Generation."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimate that over 1.2 million people 13 years and older are living with HIV infection, including 168,300 who are unaware of their infection. Over the past decade, the number of people living with HIV has increased, while the annual number of new HIV infections has remained relatively stable.

Since 1989 Kaiser Permanente has supported prevention programs and services for our members, their families and community members living with HIV/AIDS. Since 2001, Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) has awarded almost $4 million in Community Benefit HIV/AIDS grants.

This year's grant recipients provide services ranging from HIV testing and outreach to drug
prevention programs and meal assistance. They all strive to prevent new HIV infections through education, by connecting HIV-positive patients with high quality care, and by reducing disparities among minority populations.

The 2014 grant recipients include:

AIDS Service Center, Inc. (ASC) in Pasadena, which improves the lives of the most vulnerable individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS by providing food and emergency supplies. ASC also improves the health of the community through educational programs aimed at preventing new HIV infections. ASC received $10,000 for basic needs services to support families impacted by HIV/AIDS.
Minority AIDS Project (MAP) in Los Angeles provides access to health care and diagnostic and preventive services to HIV/AIDS patients. Kaiser Permanente provided furniture and office equipment to better serve patients and help the center run more effectively and efficiently.
Central City Lutheran Mission in San Bernardino received a $15,000 grant to help HIV/AIDS patients combat mental health issues associated with chronic diseases.
The Foothill AIDS Project in Claremont received a grant for $14,000 to provide bilingual counseling and treatment services to assist low income HIV/AIDS patients who are diagnosed with mental illness and/or substance abuse.
AIDS Project L.A. received a grant for $3,000 to support fundraising efforts to reduce the incidence of infection and help improve the lives of people affected by HIV/AIDS.

Learn more about how you can take action on World AIDS Day in these simple, powerful and engaging ways.