Bay Area AIDS Organizations Receive Funding
Fourteen Bay Area AIDS organizations have received donations totaling $1 million from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Each recipient has faced reduced federal funding and could experience greater cuts in the near future.
Richard Goldman said that the donations were made in recognition of the 25th anniversary of AIDS this year.
The donations range from $25,000 to $250,000 (Russell, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/29).
The Latino Coalition Against AIDS on Tuesday held a news conference to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and testing for minorities in Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Times reports. County data show that in 2004, almost half of new AIDS diagnoses in the county involved Latinos.
Amy Rock Wohl, a researcher at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, said data collected between 2000 and 2004 show that 72% of Latinos tested positive for HIV less than one year before being diagnosed with full-blown AIDS and that the same was true for 53% of HIV-positive blacks.
According to the data, 33% of HIV-positive whites during the same period tested positive less than one year before being diagnosed with full-blown AIDS (Lin II, Los Angeles Times, 11/29).