Tag Archives: AIDS

Affordable Care Act provides an early lifeline to AIDS patients in Oakland

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Barack Obama’s signature law, the Affordable Care Act, this week came as a lifeline to the most needy in Oakland’s ongoing efforts to provide medical support to...

Oakland women lead effort against HIV with billboard campaign, free testing

Two Oakland based organizations, the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. and advocacy group California Prostitute Education Project (CAL-PEP) are leading efforts to reduce the rate of new HIV infections among young people in...
A HEPPAC client drops a handful of used syringes into a medical waste bin at a recent deep East Oakland needle exchange.

Legal at last, but strapped for cash, needle exchanges seek federal funding

In places like Oakland, where local authorities treat syringe exchange as an accepted public health practice, groups like HEPPAC no longer face the risk of arrest. Today their challenge is going mainstream, and needle exchange...

County mental health funds increase as other departments face cuts

While the Board of Supervisors were preparing for cutbacks at Tuesday's meeting, their most spirited debate focused on a department that actually has more money this year—the Health Care Services Agency.

Local officials say AIDS taking special toll on county’s African-Americans

As health organizers around the globe assess the illness during the week of World AIDS Day, local officials say funding cuts and young people's attitudes are contributing to new infections and the comparatively higher rates...