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September 5, 2017  

Charles R. Drew University/OASIS Clinic Offers Free Screenings and More at 16th Annual HIV/AIDS Testing Day Event

CDU and local clinic bring free HIV/AID testing to the community for the sixteenth consecutive year to promote National HIV Testing Day and raise awareness about HIV status.

 

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (June 22, 2017) — In collaboration with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health, the Charles R. Drew University/OASIS Clinic will host its 16th annual National HIV Testing Day event on Tuesday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The free outdoor event will feature entertainment, food, raffles throughout the day, as well as confidential HIV testing.

HIV testing is a free and important prevention tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This is especially true for members of underserved communities, such as South Los Angeles, who may not have immediate access to or knowledge of these essential prevention programs. According to a recent report by the Los Angeles County Commission on HIV, South Los Angeles has one of the highest HIV/AIDS rates in the county, with approximately 10.7% of residents affected by the virus as of 2014.

As leaders in addressing healthcare disparities in underserved communities, the Charles R. Drew University/OASIS Clinic strives to empower members of the local community to take control of their health by getting tested and educating themselves on the importance of knowing their HIV status. “The goals of the event are to raise awareness for the importance of HIV testing and to normalize the conversation of HIV status between not only sexual partners, but the community as a whole,” noted Wilbert C. Jordan, MD, Founder and Director of the Oasis Clinic.

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ABOUT OASIS CLINIC
The Outpatient Alternative Services Intervention System (OASIS) Clinic is the largest HIV provider in South Los Angeles, with approximately 800 clients. Its mission is to ensure access to high-quality, patient-centered, cost-effective health car to Los Angeles County residents through direct services at DHS facilities and through collaboration with community and university partners.

ABOUT CHARLES R. DREW UNIVERSITY OF MEDICINE AND SCIENCE
CDU is a private, non-profit student centered minority-serving medical and health sciences University that is committed to cultivating diverse health professional leaders who are dedicated to social justice and health equity for underserved populations through outstanding education, research, clinical service, and community engagement. 

Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated, since its inception, more than 575 physicians, 1,200 physician assistants and over a thousand other health professionals, as well as training over 2,700 physician specialists through its sponsored residency programs. Its School of Nursing has graduated over 1000 nursing professionals, including over 600 family nurse practitioners.  CDU is a leader in health disparities research with a focus on education, training, treatment and care in cancer, diabetes, cardiometabolic and HIV/AIDS.

For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/, and follow CDU on FacebookTwitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram(@charlesrdrewu) or call (323) 357-3669.

 

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