The Wall-Las Memorias Project (TWLMP) has been certified by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health to provide free and confidential rapid HIV testing.
"Young sexually active people are still becoming infected with HIV. If you are having sex, then you are at risk and you have to know your status" said Richard Zaldivar, founder and executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project.
According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, just over half of all new sexually transmitted HIV infections are spread by people who have it and don't know it. About 70% of new HIV infections in youth occur in gay and bisexual males. Those at greater risk could benefit from testing as often as every 3 to 6 months. About 50,000 people are infected with HIV each year, and 1 in 4 is 13 to 24 years old. About 60% of youth with HIV do not know they are infected and so don't receive treatment, putting them at risk for sickness and early death.
These youth can also unknowingly pass HIV to others. Sexually active young gay and bisexual males have higher risk for getting HIV if they are having sex with older or multiple partners, using drugs or alcohol, or not using condoms during every sexual encounter. It is recommended that they should get an HIV test at least every year.
"The Wall Las Memorias Project is committed to educating our community about HIV and providing testing opportunities for our people to lower the spread of AIDS," Zaldivar further stated.
HIV testing is available Monday through Friday from 10am-7pm, Saturday by appointment only. Testing takes place at TWLMP's Eagle Rock office located on 930 Colorado Blvd., Suite 3, Los Angeles, California 90041. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 323.257.1056 extension 28.