Kaiser Permanente Southern California Grants for HIV/AIDS Community Organizations Total More Than $750,000 for 2009
Unique public health programs also demonstrate Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to prevention education. For over twenty-four years, the award-winning Educational Theatre Programs has educated more than 1.6 million high school students in Southern California about the risks of STDs and HIV/AIDS. Its newest play, What Goes Around, will perform on World AIDS Day, December 1st for 700 students at Gertz-Ressler High School in downtown Los Angeles. Stephen Simon, City of Los Angeles AIDS Coordinator, will also be a guest speaker. This program is offered as a free community benefit from Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Programs.
Kaiser Permanente’s research into HIV and AIDS began in 1987. Throughout Southern California, in addition to receiving medical care from their physician-led team, Kaiser Permanente patients with HIV are also able to receive investigational new drugs through the Kaiser Permanente Southern California HIV/AIDS Research Trials Program. With access to new and life saving drugs, many patients have had the opportunity to regain control of their HIV disease and improve their health and quality of life.
"As a pioneer in the area of education, research and treatment for patients living with HIV, Kaiser Permanente continues to support programs within its medical centers and throughout the community that provide hope, comfort and vision for a brighter and healthier future," said Towner.