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Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and City of Hope Sixth Annual “HIV/AIDS Action Summit”

Special Appearance by Project Runway All-Star Mondo Guerra

Los Angeles,CA - California Assemblymember Anthony Portantino and City of Hope today brought together a wide range of experts and activists for the Sixth Annual HIV/AIDS Action Summit with special guest, Project Runway All-Star Mondo Guerra.

More than 300 high school and college students as well as community activists filled the auditorium at City of Hope as fashion designer and HIV activist Mondo Guerra told the dramatic disclosure of his HIV+ status. He recently partnered with Merck to launch a new HIV educational campaign: I Design and spoke about the reality of living with HIV.

For six years, Assemblymember Portantino and City of Hope have teamed up to bring the community into the discussion concerning the prevention, treatment and research on HIV and AIDS. Dr. Alexandra Levine, Chief Medical Officer at City of Hope, gave an update on the disease and Assemblymember Portantino took an HIV test to show the importance of getting tested.

"I continue to be amazed at the interest in HIV and AIDS but also the stigma that continues to surround it," said Assemblymember Portantino. "Through our Action Summit at City of Hope and efforts to make HIV testing become part of routine health screening, folks in the 44th Assembly District step up every year; confirming that this issue is important to all Californians. City of Hope is a great partner and Mondo Guerra is a terrific keynote speaker."

WHO'S WHO:

  • Val Zavala, KCET "Life and Times" – Emcee
  • Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) Summit sponsor and author of HIV/AIDS legislation
  • Dr. Alexandra Levine, Chief Medical Officer, City of Hope, and internationally recognized for her research into HIV/AIDS provides an update on the current status of the epidemic.
  • Dr. Michael Gottlieb, AIDS Discoverer, UCLA Clinical Faculty
  • Mondo Guerra, Project Runway All-Star and Merck's I Design: "Get Real About HIV"
  • LaMont Wheat, recording artist sings "Still Here"

"I'm Here Because . . . " online video campaign (YouTube.com) – advocacy for a new generation.

[Community partners include: AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), AIDS Service Center, City of Pasadena Public Health Department, LA Gay & Lesbian Center, Los Angeles County Office of AIDS Programs and Policy, Pacific Clinics, Planned Parenthood Pasadena-San Gabriel Valley, Young & Healthy, The Wall Las Memorias, Alliance for Housing and Healing.]

 

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