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Commission on HIV



Assembly Bill (AB) 361, signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on September 16, 2021, amends California’s Ralph M. Brown Act to allow virtual board meetings during a state of emergency. AB 361 goes into effect immediately and amends Section 54953 of the Brown Act to allow virtual board meetings through January 1, 2024. For a summary of AB 361, please click here.

All Commission-related meetings will remain virtual via WebEx until further notice. For a schedule meetings, please click here. For inquiries or to make public comment, please email the Commission office at hivcomm@lachiv.org or call at 213.738.2816

COMMISSION ON HIV

Welcome to the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV website.  We’re delighted that you have taken time to find out more about the Commission, its activities, and, most importantly, about the services that Los Angeles County provides for people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS and STDs.

VISION

A comprehensive, sustainable, accessible system of prevention and care that empowers people at-risk, living with or affected by HIV to make decisions and to maximize their lifespans and quality of life.

MISSION

The Los Angeles County Commission on HIV focuses on the local HIV/AIDS epidemic and responds to the changing needs of People Living With HIV/AIDS within the communities of Los Angeles County.

The Commission on HIV provides an effective continuum of care that addresses consumer needs in a sensitive prevention and care/treatment model that is culturally and linguistically competent and is inclusive of all Service Planning Areas (SPAs) and Health Districts (HDs).

ANTI-RACISM, DIVERSITY, AND INCLUSION INITIATIVE

The Commission supports and actively incorporates in its planning, the County’s Anti-Racism, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives (ARDII); an initiative that articulates an anti-racist agenda that guides, governs, and increases the County’s ongoing commitment to fighting racism in all its dimensions, especially racism that systemically and systematically affects Black residents.

The Commission welcomes commissioners, guests, and the public into a space where people of all opinions and backgrounds can contribute. We create a safe environment that celebrates differences while striving for consensus and is characterized by consistent, professional, and respectful behavior. Our common enemies are HIV and STDs. We strive to be introspective and understand and clarify our assumptions, while appreciating the complex intersectionality of the lives we live. We challenge ourselves to be self-reflective and committed to an ongoing understanding.

For more information on the County’s ARDII, click here: https://ceo.lacounty.gov/ardi/

To access the Commission’s Statements of Solidarity, click here: https://tinyurl.com/484rxrbk

More Resources

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Represents the leadership body of the Commission.

PLANNING, PRIORITIES AND ALLOCATIONS COMMITTEE

Leads the planning, priority and allocation setting process and decisions for the Commission.

STANDARDS AND BEST PRACTICES COMMITTEE

Leads the development of standards of prevention and care and evaluation of effectiveness of services provided to PLWHA.

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

Leads the recruitment and training of members and the assessment of administrative mechanism.

PUBLIC POLICY COMMITTEE

Leads the development of policy, white papers, and other advocacy work that advances the work of the Commission.

Other Groups

The Commission on HIV (COH) convenes several caucuses and other subgroups to harness broader community input in shaping the work of the Commission around priority setting, resource allocations, service standards, improving access to services, and strengthening PLWH voices in HIV community planning.

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Testimonials

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Gerald Garth

Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Co-Chair, Black African American Workgroup

Member, Public Policy Committee

Why did you join the Commission on HIV? Black people continue to be disproportionately impacted by HIV, yet at the same time, are underrepresented in spaces of decision-making and influence. I am humbled that community trusts me to know that I will continue to bring all of us into the work. Being a part of the Commission allows me to prioritize and advocate for all of our intersections and identities.

Is there anything else you would like to share? We all have a role in the wholeness and healing of our communities when it comes to HIV. Our responsibility is to define what that is and commit to bringing those skills and strengths unabashedly. One of my own quotes that guides me is “none of us have to do everything, if all of us do something.”

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Luckie Alexander

Prevention Training Specialist, APLA Health

Founder, Invisible Men

Co-Chair of the Operations Committee

Former Co-Chair, Transgender Caucus

Why did you join the Commission on HIV? My reason for joining the Commission is twofold, first, I wanted to be a representation of a community that is under-represented in the realm of HIV, the transmasculine community, and I want to find a way to keep one of my childhood best friends as healthy as possible. He was diagnosed when we were 18 and I have been in the work ever since.

Is there anything else you would like to share?  I want people to know that transmasculine individuals are often left out of the conversation around HIV and are one of the populations the most at risk. More research needs to be done to ensure the transmasculine population is not the next wave of the epidemic.

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Mallery Jenna Robinson

Commissioner Alternate

Transgender and HIV Advocate and Healthcare Specialist for MJR

CAB Coordinator for WeCanStopSTDsLA – Coachman-Moore and Associates

Peer Facilitator for Plume

Community and Social Media Manager for Trans Women Connected

Associate Producer for Two Eyes Film

Founder and Instructor Trans Excellence Academy and Transgender Empathy Trainings (T.E.T. Talk)

Podcaster for A Hateful Homicide

Why did you join the Commission on HIV? As an AfraCaribbean Transwoman living undetectably with HIV, I wanted to be a representation for my community and serve in space where my identify would be validated.