Earlier HIV Detection Now Available in South Los Angeles Through Drew C.A.R.E.S.

Drew Center for AIDS Research Education and Services (Drew C.A.R.E.S.) and the OASIS Clinic, the largest provider of HIV services in South Los Angeles, announces availability of HIV screening tool that detects infection as early as two weeks following exposure to virus

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 16, 2018) — Drew C.A.R.E.S. and the OASIS Clinic, both HIV/AIDS community centers affiliated with Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in South Los Angeles, are pleased to announce the availability of a new fourth-generation rapid HIV screening tool that detects HIV infection as soon as 14 days after exposure.  

HIV testing is a powerful tool in addressing the HIV epidemic, and early detection helps connect patients to the appropriate care in a shorter amount of time. The sooner that those affected begin treatment, the less likely they are to experience health issues related to HIV disease. Early detection also combats the spread of the virus to others.  

“Most people who test for the HIV virus will be negative, and we can also support those folks in helping them to stay negative.  We can also talk about PrEP, which is a once a day medication to help people stay HIV negative.  We will assist anyone who may test HIV positive to get immediately linked to medical care,” said John Forbes, program manager at Drew C.A.R.E.S.

“The importance of HIV testing, diagnosis, and treatment as part of the LA County HIV/AIDS Strategy, and the commitment of partners like CDU, community-based organizations, and hospitals in South Los Angeles is key to ensuring the HIV/AIDS strategy progress,” says Mario J. Pérez, MPH, Director for Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs.

The HIV testing program at CDU is supported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Division of HIV and STD Programs.  HIV testing is free and available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 1748 E. 118th St. on the campus of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.  Test results are provided in 20 minutes.  

For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/, or call (323) 563-4939.

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ABOUT DREW C.A.R.E.S. AND OASIS CLINIC
Drew Center for AIDS Research Education and Services (Drew CARES) is a program of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, and provides HIV testing and supportive services to people living with HIV.  The OASIS Clinic is the largest HIV provider in South Los Angeles, serving approximately 700 patients annually.  Its mission is to ensure access to high-quality, patient-centered, cost-effective health care 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-Compton 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.