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Causes: AIDS, Health

Mission: AIDS Project Los Angeles is dedicated to: improving the lives of people affected by HIV disease; reducing the incidence of HIV infection; and advocating for fair and effective HIV-related public policy

Programs: The global forum on msm & hiv (msmgf) is an international advocacy program. The msmgf enhanced our advocacy and support work in 2013 through the deepening of our speaking out initiative to support grassroots advocates in the middle east & north africa, central america, southeast asia, and sub-saharan africa; the development of our community systems strengthening work through the bridging the gaps program in brazil, costa rica, ecuador, kenya, and zimbabwe; analysis of the 2013 global men's health and rights survey; the publication of our access challenges for hiv treatment, community systems strengthening and key populations, and young men who have sex with men: health, access & hiv; the continued expansion of our membership and reference groups dedicated to transgender people and young msm; and the continuation of our watchdogging, information exchange, and communications work. The msmgf also trained dozens of msm to advocate on their own behalf for expanded coverage of rights-based, hiv-related services in their respective countries across three regions of the world. In addition, the msmgf developed a 9-module training curriculum for healthcare providers, which will be pilot tested in 2014.

apla's home health program provides intensive nurse and social work case management to home bound people living with symptomatic hiv-disease in los angeles county. The program also provides additional in-home services such as attendant care and psychotherapy in order to promote independent living, quality of life, and maximize health outcomes. The program saves money by helping clients to stay in their own homes thereby reducing the need for costly skilled nursing or extended care placements, and by reducing the barriers to effective hiv treatment thereby helping limit hiv-disease progression. Additional major outcomes of the program include addressing addiction and mental illness which undermine stability, helping clients manage a vast array of co-occurring diseases and disorders, decreasing the risk of transmitting hiv and other sexually transmitted infections. Three independent program reviews in 2013 all yielded a 100% compliance rating with contractual requirements. Served 238 clients.

the vance north necessities of life program, (nolp) provides free food and hygiene items and nutrition education to low-income men, women and children living with hiv/aids throughout the county of los angeles. * in 2013, nolp provided 1,909 clients a total of 135,413 bags of groceries. * the most recent program review yielded a 100% compliance rating with contractual requirements.

apla provides a number of other smaller programs to clients including psychosocial case management, benefits consulting and client advocacy, treatment education, mental health counseling, research projects and housing support services.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

I can't believe how awful APLA treats its clients. As a former donator I am appalled at how difficult it is to get services now that I lost my job and need some help to get back on my feet. It takes months to get a return phone call, the interns are clueless and the case worker I had was mean and condescending. The management needs to thoroughly look at why they treat their customers like this.

Review from Guidestar


Rating: 5

APLA has been helping individuals for so many years. The organization has great staff and fighting for a great cause. I am happy that I can be a part of that, I know that I'm making a change in my community even if it's for a few hours every week. APLA is always in need of volunteers and assisting at NOLP(the food bank) has been a great experience for me since I speak with individuals who come from differnt backgrounds. Interning at APLA gives me the opportunity to bring change in our community which will later then lead to a better tomorrow.

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Rating: 5

I got involved with AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA) after moving to Los Angeles in late 2009. I am running a marathon and raising $3,200 for APLA. From a business perspective, I believe they are managed by a team of great professionals who run a tight ship. Great people and great cause. Looking forward to a continued relationship.

Review from Guidestar