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2006 ISSUE 1                                               Being Alive Welcomes…
                                                           In this, the first 2006 issue of the Being Alive Newsletter (thank you, Dan Chan,
LETTERS                                                    for the impressive makeover), we’d like to welcome new yet familiar faces into
Letters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2   the arms and heart of Being Alive. Thanks, Life Group LA, Trip Oldfield and
                                                           Frank Sanchez—and welcome. —Ed.
HIV/AIDS Specialists . . . . . . . . . . . . .10

The Importance of the
                                                           Trip Oldfield                                                                  Life Group LA
      Speakers Bureau . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3                                 BY C R A I G TAY L O R                                                     BY D E R R I C K H U R D

Sero-converted . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4

                                                           The Board of Directors of Being Alive is pleased                               The Board of Directors of Being Alive, People
OUR BODY                                                   to announce that it has selected William “Trip”                                with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition; and co-found-
Positive Nutrition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5         Oldfield III to serve in the capacity of Interim Ex-                            ers Sunnie Rose, Volunteer Executive Director,
Positive Fitness . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6       ecutive Director of Being Alive, Los Angeles. Trip                             and Ric Parish, Volunteer Associate Director, of
                                                           will assume the duties of our friend and former                                The Life Group LA; have issued a joint statement
OUR RIGHTS                                                 Executive Director, Demetri Moshoyannis, who                                   announcing a partnership of the two Los Angeles
Medicare Part D—A Final Word . . . . . . . .7              has relocated to San Francisco as Executive Di-                                based hiv/aids service organizations.
Sexual Orientation 2006 . . . . . . . . . . . 8            rector of Folsom Street Events.                                                        The new coalition is being housed in the West
                                                                Trip brings with him a wealth of experience                               Hollywood service center of Being Alive, which
OUR MIND                                                   and knowledge with regard to management of                                     also maintains an office in Silver Lake. The Life
Self Love . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8    non-profit organizations. He has held executive                                 Group LA, which is entirely volunteer maintained
                                                           staff and board positions throughout the south-                                 and operated, has formerly been housed in the
OUR DIRECTORY                                              western United States and has earned a reputa-                                 homes and offices of the co-founders and volun-
Upcoming Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11           tion for a unique team approach in the manage-                                 teer staff.
Support Groups . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12         ment of non-profit organizations in transition.                                         Founded in 2005, The Life Group LA is coali-
Bulletin Board . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13            Trip has assisted numerous organizations                                  tion of dedicated volunteers who provide educa-
                                                           with strategic planning, fund-raising and board                                tion, empowerment, and emotional support to
                                                           governance. An experienced fundraiser, he re-                                  persons living with hiv/aids. Of the seminars
                                                           cently headed a capital campaign to build a new                                and medical forums presented by The Life Group
                                                           homeless shelter in downtown Los Angeles as                                    LA, probably best known is the Poz Life Weekend
                                                           Director of Development and Communication for                                  Seminars, which are held four times a year. No
                                                           Lamp Community. He has led successful fund-                                    salaries are paid either to staff or the many doc-
                                                           raising campaigns as Director of Corporate Rela-                               tors, lawyers, and other professionals who par-
                                                           tions for LA County Museums including, LACMA,                                  ticipate in the seminars, workshops, and forums
                                                           La Brea Tar Pits, Peterson Automotive Museum                                   offered by the agency. All materials, supplies, and
                                                           and the Natural History Museum.                                                even food for the events, are funded through do-
                                                                As Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian                              nations.
                                                           Center of Greater Long Beach, Oldfield is largely                                       Being Alive, People with HIV/AIDS Action Co-
                                                           credited for relieving the organization of tre-                                alition, also known as Being Alive Los Angeles, is
                                                                                                      continued on page 9                 not allied in any way with the myriad of agencies
                                                                                                                                                                              continued on page 9
Letter from                                                                                            V ISI T US AT
the Editor                                                                                

                                                              INTEGRITY Firm      adherence
                   BY G U Y B E C K

                                                           to a code of especially moral
Together, we’re making a difference—what does
                                                                   or artistic values.                BOARD OF DIRECTORS
that mean?
                                                                                                      Guy Beck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PRESIDENT
    We live in a world where we feel the need                                                         Terry Leftgoff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . VICE PRESIDENT
                                                                                                      Scott Fesik . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .TREASURER
to force our egos on others to survive, yet our                                                       Ron Buckmire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SECRETARY
egos allow us the self respect to live a healthy                                                             John Balma • Stan Price • Cedric Smoots
                                                             INCORRUPTIBILITY The         quality                          David Sweet • Eric Yake
life—at least, mentally—and a healthy mind is
our choice. It’s all about balance, isn’t it?                or state of being complete
    Human kindness is overflowing—at least, it
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Being Alive Los Angeles, West Hollywood, California                                                   Fire Riegel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . WELLNESS COORDINATOR
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Being Alive is Los Angeles’ fi rst peer-led HIV agency. It is a non-profit membership orga-
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                                                                                                      In memory of Fred Clark, Gilbert Cornilliet,
sense of independence and self-determination in its members and builds a healthier and                Eric Estrada, Mark Allen-Smith, Brian Stott,
more powerful community of HIV+ people. Being Alive accomplishes its mission through a                and Cary Alexander
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Being Alive, with offices in Silver Lake and West Hollywood, California, has a budget of               D. Quinn Callicott, Jacques Chambers, Sam Francis,
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The Importance of the Speaker’s Bureau
                                                                 BY D . Q U I N N C A L L I C O T T

The most enriching and rewarding experiences                                                              sults in a safe environment in which we get to
that I have come into contact with in my time                                                             exchange ideas, thoughts, and feelings.
spent in Being Alive activities have come from                                “                                One thing that I am adamant about is to
participating in the speaker’s bureau. Working         I am a huge proponent of self-determination,       never preach or lecture to the students about
within the realm of a non-profit can be daunt-                  that as creatures with free will,          what they should be doing nor do I frame my
ing and frustrating. However, the unadulterated                  we are all fitted with the                own tale with an ounce of regret. I am a huge
joys that have come from speaking to college                        possibility of making                 proponent of self-determination, that as crea-
and university courses are unparalleled experi-                       our own choices.                    tures with free will, we are all fitted with the
ences that I look forward to every time that I am
asked to speak.
                                                                              ”                           possibility of making our own choices. One
                                                                                                          thing that is sometimes peculiar is the feedback
   The format usually remains the same. I offer                                                            that we get from these survey forms that the
a primer in hiv 101 where I give the nuts and        usually come from courses that are either para-      students fi ll out at the end. More often or not,
bolts of routes of transmission, opportunis-         professional in nature or that are prerequisites     they are very appreciative of the talk and when
tic infections, testing, aids diagnosis, and the     for entry into health sciences programs. Realiz-     given the chance to answer an open ended ques-
like. One of the challenges that come with giv-      ing this gives me pause, in that the curiosity and   tion, they indicate things that I brought up that
ing these talks is to see each individual class as   eagerness to think critically is coming from the     I would have never imagined that they would
a unique system and try to gauge where they are      mouths of our future clinicians and care givers.     have picked up on. However, there are questions
at collectively with their own hiv knowledge         This is very reassuring to me in knowing that I      regarding their willingness to be tested or to re-
base. Sometimes, I find myself fielding very ba-       am able to offer information and engage in dia-       duce high risk activities. These questions are of-
sic questions, ones that seem rather obvious to      log with these men and women who are gearing         ten answered negatively. I wonder if my efforts
those of us who have been living with hiv for        up to be our newest partners in hiv recovery.        have been in vain, but perhaps the mere presence
some time. These questions are crucial in that           Some of the questions fielded are ones of         of the speaker’s bureau at their school is suffi-
giving concrete facts and allaying unnecessary       a personal nature. Sometimes the student is          cient enough to instigate incremental change
fears is a critical part of my duties.               impacted directly with hiv/aids or has a close       and the depth of our message will be absorbed
   There are some classes, however, where the        friend or family member for whom they wish to        at a later date. It is possible that my words may
students are chiming along with me with all of       receive resources and support. It takes a lot of     have fallen upon a few deaf ears. Aside from this
the right answers the entire time. What comes        courage to come up to a complete stranger and        seemingly dispiriting fact, the benefits reaped
after my talk is what I recently described to a      disclose this information. What helps to facili-     from our presentations are clearly evident. The
colleague as “second-tier” questions. Th is is       tate this open line of communication is that I       work that we do as educators in the community
not to say that the validity of these particular     also get a chance to tell my own story and inte-     is important and vital. And for the most part, all
questions is of any greater value, but they are      grate it into my presentation. Actually, the word    of the heads bobbing up and down in those rows
significant. They ask questions about incidence       “stranger” may not be the best choice. My own        of desks are clear signs of their identification
and prevalence, of what treatments are in the        honesty and vulnerability creates safe space for     with the challenges of the human spirit.
research phase right now, of co-infections of        personal disclosure on many levels and that re-
other diseases like Hepatitis C. These questions                                                          Quinn is a former Being Alive Board President.

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                                                                                                    Wellness Center
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                                                                                                 Acupuncture • Healing Touch

                                                                        BY J O S E P H A N D R E W S

Despite my protests, he insisted on demanding           Weeks later, after going through not one but              Hiv is a life gift. Together, a day at a time,
more. I lunged at him again, this time more furi-       two confirmation tests (one for the rehab I am        we make a difference not only in our own lives
ously, sexually impaling him against the corner         currently in, which was a confidential test (as       but those of the sisters and brothers we tread
of a wall in my Silver Lake loft.                       opposed to anonymous)), I’d learn the Western        the road of happy destiny with.
    It was late June. It was 5 am. I was drenched       blot results would show severely elevated levels
with sweat.                                             in eight of the bars—meaning, my sero-conver-        Joseph Andrews is a pseudonym.
    I had just sero-converted.                          sion was very recent.
    As a graphic designer, I had surrounded and            I cried. I cried for what seemed like endless     On the World Wide Web: Alternatives, an excellent counseling
even barricaded myself with the tools of my             days. How could this happen? To me? As Web           and crystal meth rehabiliation service: http://www.alternativesinc.
trade. Digital cameras. Three Macs. Scanners.           master for a well-known LA aids charity, I’d         com/ ¶ Choices, a network of sober living homes maintained
Two printers. Dsl access to the World Wide Web.         posted hundreds of articles documenting the          by people who live in recovery and believe in the happiness (and
I’d created the Cyrstal Meth Temple of Graphic          scourge of crystal meth use. Shit. How couldn’t I    pet friendly dimensions) of their clients: http://www.choiceslong-
Design, and under my moniker of ‘Bunsie’, was           have known better? How couldn’t I have acted bet- ¶ XTWKRS.ORG, a web site maintained for tweakers
busily applying the liabilities of my rapacious         ter? How dare I? How could I have been around aids   in recovery. We know who we are. Now we move forward bravely
addiction to my reputation and trade. Human-            for so long and not even have the common decency     into life! A place for ex-tweakers/recovered addicts, an info-chat
ity lost its appeal. If you weren’t a toy, I had zero   to use a condom?                            ¶ Crystal Meth Anony-
recognition of your worth.                                 Sigh.                                             mous, the one, the proud, the seminal source of 12 Step support
    Ultimately, my world became little more                                                                  for many crystal meth addicts in recovery. View Meeting info (times,
than images of meth and sex and sweat and                                                                    days, places), get other essential info. Visit:
abuse, of myself and others. I fi lled no less than
four gigabytes with imagery of me and my unsa-
                                                                                  “                          The L. A. Gay & Lesbian Center: ¶
                                                                                                             Being Alive in Los Angeles. The original Being Alive. The one
                                                                    I mourn my innocence,
tiable sexual obsessions.                                    my totally unfounded (and arrogant)             which now has offices in Silver Lake and West Hollywood. Support,
    Sigh.                                                        assumption that somehow                     information, groups, referrals, events, advocacy. See http://www.
    It wasn’t until Labor Day of this year I got the                     I’d be spared.            
news. In true melodramatic fashion, I decided,
during day fifty-eight of my sobriety from crystal                                 ”
meth amphetamine, that it was time to get tested.
    Actually, I almost didn’t take the rapid test-
ing offered through the Jeff rey Goodman Clinic              Today, a day at a time, as I re-explore these
at the LA Gay & Lesbian Center. I was in the            events and issues which led to my tweaking and
neighbourhood in Hollywood, close to Schrader           my crystal meth usage at Silver Lake’s Alter-
Boulevard, and decided I’d have enough time to          natives (the rehab I’m in), I find I’m re-educat-
do one of their rapid tests.                            ing myself about the me who was, and is, and
    Several hours later, seated in a room with          remains. I’m coming, slowly, to realize hiv is
one of their counsellors, I got the news.               a gift, from my Higher Power, a gateway to a
    In giant red letters, the word positive was         new awareness of myself, my soul, my loves, my
spelled out, literally larger than life.                hurts, and my dreams.
    How many of these tales have you heard or              If you’re out there and you’re hiv-negative
read, with the individual reporting that pivotal        and you’re reading this on-line or in print, I
moment in his life, his sero-conversion, adding         hesitate to write “Don’t think it can’t happen to
candidly that he almost passed out?                     you”, because you already know this. It’s a cliché
    I almost passed out.                                of the times.
    Hiv-negative Joseph had died, ground down              And if you are hiv+, please practice safe sex,
by three and a half years of very aggressive crys-      because many lives may be affected by your self
tal meth use.                                           knowledge.
    I mourn him. I mourn my innocence, my to-              If you’re a tweaker like me, take a moment
tally unfounded (and arrogant) assumption that          and just reflect on the people you’re having con-
somehow I’d be spared.                                  tact with and think of them, too. Th ink of your
    But there it was staring me in the face.            dreams.
    Positive.                                              Get tested.

4                                                                                         BEING ALIVE PEOPLE W ITH HIV/AIDS AC TION COALITION
Nutrition Strategies for HIV and
Hepatitis C Co-Infection
                                                              BY A L A N L E E , R D , C D E , C D N , C F T

Did you know that about 33 of people living           trients that you may not be able to get in large        one levels. Ala works together with other anti-
with hiv/aids are also co-infected with Hepati-        enough quantities through food.                         oxidant Vitamins C and E to decrease oxidative
tis C (hcv)? Hcv can act like an opportunistic in-                                                             stress. Recommended dose via food and supple-
fection, cause insulin resistance which can lead       Liver-Friendly Supplements                              ments is: 100–200 mcg/day.
to diabetes, and cause injury to liver cells which     Selenium Low selenium levels have been as-                   Vitamin E is a fat soluble antioxidant that
may lead to cirrhosis (long-term damage to the         sociated in large studies with increased risk of        plays an important role in protecting the im-
liver) or liver cancer. One study stated the risk of   liver cancer. There also appears to be a protec-        mune system, fats, vitamin A, and cell mem-
advancing liver disease is seven times higher in       tive role of selenium against hepatitis and liver       brane from oxidative stress. There is emerging
people with aids defining symptoms. There are           cancer. Recommended dose via food and supple-           evidence to suggest that Vitamin E can have a
many factors that increase progression of hcv          ments is: 200 mcg/day. One brazil nut contains          positive effect on liver enzyme levels and inhibit
and they include: obesity, male gender, over-40        100 mcg of selenium!                                    cirrhosis. Recommended dose via food and sup-
years of age at time of infection, smoking, low           N-Acetyl Cysteine (nac) Nac is essential             plements is: 200–800 iu/day.
vitamin A and carotene levels, and consuming           to the body because it helps make glutathione.               Milk Thistle (silymarin) is an herb that is
more than three alcoholic drinks per day.              Glutathione has a major role in liver detoxifica-        a potential liver-protectant. It is a antioxidant
   Your liver is a powerful organ that fi lters         tion. Low glutathione levels have been shown            that can help to repair liver cells by displacing
out medications, alcohol, hormones, waste and                                                                  toxins that try to enter the liver. Most studies
toxins. Your liver makes bile which is needed to                                                               have used the 80 silymarin standardized ex-
digest fat and it also makes cholesterol, sugars,                                                              tract. Milk thistle is generally well-tolerated, but
amino acids, and triglycerides. The liver helps                                  “                             it can have a laxative effect and cause gut upset.
the body break down food into nutrients and                      About 33% of people living                    Recommended dose via supplements is: 400–600
stores vitamins and minerals and helps with                   with HIV/AIDS are also co-infected               mg/day. You cannot get silymarin in your diet
your body’s long-term storage of carbohydrates.                        with Hepatitis C.                       other than by taking a supplement.
   If you smoke cigarettes, try to quit. If you
drink alcohol, stop. Alcohol has a strong toxic
                                                                                 ”                                  There are many food and drug and supple-
                                                                                                               ment interactions that go beyond the scope of
effect on liver cells. If you must drink alcohol,                                                               what this article can cover. Therefore, as always,
limit yourself to one drink per occasion.                                                                      make sure you discuss your supplementation
   You want to follow an eating plan to help you       to be common in people with cirrhosis, hiv              plan with your qualified health care profes-
take the best care possible of your liver. Proper      and hcv. Nac is an antioxidant that helps to            sional.
nutrition can also help to repair some damaged         increase glutathione levels in the people living
liver cells and help the liver form new cells.         with hiv. Glutathione is also an antioxidant that       Alan Lee, RD, CDE, CDN, CFT, is the nutritionist at the Greyston
                                                       is needed to keep the immune system function-           Health Services Positive Impact Primary Care Clinic and Maitri Adult
Liver-Friendly Foods                                   ing well. Recommended dose via food and supple-         Day Healthcare Program in Yonkers, NY. He also currently works as
(Important for vitamins, minerals, phytonu-            ments is: 1000–2000 mg. Whey protein powder             a consultant for various HIV/AIDS Service Organizations including
trients, and antioxidants) Asparagus, almonds,         is an excellent source of NAC.                          the Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition on HIV/AIDS (APICHA) and
cayenne pepper , beans, barley, beets, avocado,           L-Glutamine Glutamine also helps to sup-             TOUCH of Rockland County. He also has a private practice with Astor
cinnamon, eggs, butternut squash, broccoli, bra-       port the increase of glutathione levels. It is the      Medical Group. He is currently the Alliance/Membership Chair for
zil nuts, dill, salmon, melon, carrots, fl axseed,      most abundant amino acid in the body and its            the HIV/AIDS Dietetic Practice Group, the Co-Chair of Nutritionists
lemon , sardines, oatmeal, papaya, peanuts, gar-       primary function is to maintain the health of           In AIDS Care (NIAC) and the Nutrition Track Co-Chair for the Associa-
lic, soybeans, plantains, spinach, sesame, ginger,     your gut. Recommended dose via food and sup-            tion Of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA). He is a national speaker
tuna, wheatgerm, tomatoes, walnuts, onions,            plements is: 5–20 grams/day. If you want this           on nutrition and wellness and can be reached at (212) 229-2298
whey protein, whole-grains.                            level of glutamine in your body, you’ll need to         and Or contact Stuart Katsh, MS, RD, Nu-
   You need antioxidants to prevent oxida-             take glutamine in powder supplement form. The           tritionist, Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic, 1625 North Schrader
tive stress and free radical damage that can           major source of glutamine is in raw meats, and          Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028.
contribute to increased liver damage. Levels of        you already know you should avoid raw and un-
selenium, gluthatione, and vitamins A, C, and          dercooked meats!
E have been found to be significantly lower in             Alpha Lipoic Acid (ala) Ala is an antioxi-
those people living with hcv. You may also want        dant that is used within the liver cells where it
to consider taking dietary supplements for nu-         can regenerate glutathione and boost glutathi-                                                continued on page 5

New Years Resolutions: Making Them Stick
                                                                     BY S A M F R A N C I S , C F T

Everyone makes them; most people break them.                                                                  serious about showing up for your workouts. It’s
But there are a few sure-fire ways to make sure                                                                also important that they have a serious attitude
that your 2006 resolutions last. I’ve trained                                                                 about the time you spend together. Workout
thousands of hours with dozens of people on                                                                   buddies (and trainers), in my estimation, should
every level on the fitness spectrum, and they’ve                                 “                             not be entertainers. After all, you’re not there to
shared with me some of their secrets for turn-                            Be kind to yourself.                chat—you’re there to work! Pick someone whose
ing bold resolutions into reality—and talk into
                                                                                ”                             company you enjoy but who will also keep you
                                                                                                              on track, show up, and motivate you when your
    Take a stand. Resolutions should be power-                                                                enthusiasm lags. If you can’t find a buddy, con-
fully stated. “I commit to losing 30 pounds this                                                              sider some sessions with a fitness trainer. If you
year” or “I will be a size 6 by April 30” are specific                                                         don’t know a trainer, ask your friends for per-
and stated in measurable ways. Statements like          an exercise that can be easily done on the road       sonal referrals. Most of the best trainers in the
“I’ll get in better shape” or “I’ll try to make more    (like running).                                       business are discovered through word-of-mouth.
time to exercise” are not resolutions—they’re               Think short-term. Big goals take longer to        Any qualified fitness professional should offer
generalizations. When making resolutions,               achieve. Set little goals first. Break the big goal    the first session free, and should be insured and
avoid using the words “hope,” “if,” and “try.”          (say, of riding 100 miles on a bike) into little      certified, so be sure to ask!
    Actions speak louder than words. We’ve              goals (like riding 5 miles, then 10 miles, then 15         Measure up. The scale and body fat calipers
all read the fitness magazines. We may have              miles). This will give you a sense of satisfaction    are (honestly!) your best friends when starting
even bought one of those exercise gadgets from          as you advance along your path.                       your program. Get measured so that you have
a late-night tv infomercial. But truth be told,             Don’t force a square peg into a round             a baseline (where you start from) and measure
you won’t see results until you actually make a         hole. It’s common sense, really: Create an exer-      your weight and body fat consistently every
plan, then engage in physical activity. Anyone          cise program that fits things you like to do, in-      few weeks. If you’re training with weights, keep
can “talk a good game,” but friends and family          stead of things you dread. Not everyone enjoys        track of the amount you’re lifting. If you’re run-
will be much more supportive when they see you          doing cardio on the elliptical machine, but they      ning, make a log of the distance and time your-
“walking your talk.”                                    might enjoy an hour-long dance class. If you          self, then write it down.
    Make a self-contract. Oprah Winfrey                 dread weight training but want to improve your             Be kind to yourself. There are a hundred
credits this as one of her favorite ways to keep        strength and muscle tone, then consider pilates       little voices inside our heads that (if left un-
herself accountable. Draw up a contract, stating        or a core class. If you’re not a morning person,      checked) can derail your progress, and reinforce
your goals and include a date by which they must        that’s okay! So instead, make a commitment to         a whole host of negative beliefs about our bod-
be reached. Imagine you’re an attorney, and use         get into the gym during the afternoon or after        ies and physical conditions. So when you notice
as formal, specific language as possible. Sign the       work. A friend of mine who hates to exercise          those little voices inside your head, take a sec-
contract in front of two or three friendly and          recently took up Tae-Kwon-do and now he’s             ond to quiet them down. Remember, no one is
supportive witnesses. Give them each copies             hooked!                                               harder on yourself than you. No matter where
and set a recurring timeline for them to check              Join a gym. If you don’t yet belong to a gym      you are on the road to fitness, it’s your road. So
in with you periodically. If you really want to get     but want to find one, here’s some advice. Pick         when you mess up or “fall off the wagon,” dust
serious, include financial penalties if you don’t        a gym that’s mid-way between work and home.           yourself off, take a deep breath, and get back on
meet your goals (e.g., if you don’t lose 3 bodyfat     That way, you have no excuse not to stop there.       the horse.
per month, then you are forced to pay a fi nancial       When inspecting a gym for the fi rst time, be
penalty to one or both witnesses).                      sure to carefully examine the quality, selection,     Sam Francis, CFT, is trainer of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home
    Respect your time. Exercise requires time.          and maintenance condition of the cardio equip-        Edition” and has been positive since 2003. He specializes in work-
Bold resolutions are great, but if you can’t keep       ment. It’s my personal belief that this is an accu-   ing with the HIV+ community and is certified by the Interna-
them, then there’s no sense in over-stating             rate indicator of the overall quality of a fitness     tional Sports Sciences Association. You can send him e-mail at
them. If your goal is to lose weight, for example,      facility.                                   
you’ll need to do fat-burning aerobic activity at           Buddy up. If you know someone who has
least every day of the week. If you want to gain        similar physical goals, and you get along with
muscle, then keep in mind you’ll need to figure          them, consider asking them to be your “workout
in travel time to-and-from the gym. Liken your          buddy.” Studies show that people with workout
exercise time to the status of a business meet-         buddies or trainers are almost twice as likely to
ing. Where can you create openings in your              stick to their programs as people without them.
schedule? Do you travel a lot? Then try to choose       It’s important to choose a buddy who’s equally

6                                                                                       BEING ALIVE PEOPLE W ITH HIV/AIDS AC TION COALITION
Medicare Part D: A Final Word
                                                              BY J AC Q U E S C H A M B E R S , C L U

January 1, 2006 has arrived and with it, Medi-          ADAP members who do not need to enroll in a        need a list of all your medications, their dosage,
care’s highly touted (and equally highly criti-      Part D plan because they have other health insur-     and the quantity you use in 30 days. Note that
cized) Prescription Drug Plan (hereinafter           ance that is as good as or better than Medicare’s     if you tell them you prefer a specific pharmacy,
called Part D). There have been the usual arti-      must present a letter of “Creditable Drug Cover-      the search can be limited to only those plans in
cles about glitches and delays in getting medica-    age” from their insurer/administrator to ADAP         which that pharmacy participates.
tions. This is not, of course, unexpected for any    in order to remain eligible for ADAP coverage.           Once you have found the best three or four
new program, and given the dramatic change it           ADAP is no longer able to help meet the            plans based on your own medications, you then
creates with its ripple effects affecting many in-     Medi-Cal Share of Cost since prescriptions are        need to note which medications will be picked
surance and other programs, it has been almost       now under Medicare, for people covered un-            up by ADAP. The remaining copays and charges
smoother than expected.                              der ADAP, Medicare, and Medi-Cal. Since most          for medications not on either formulary will de-
   This has been an especially tense period for      medical charges are covered under Medicare, it        termine how much you will have to spend out of
people living with hiv/aids. Prescription drugs      should not be a major hindrance to obtaining          your own pocket.
are life, and being deprived of them even briefly     needed medical care.                                     There are broad differences in the formular-
can affect one’s health and quality of life. Fortu-       Since it was ADAP that helped people with a       ies of the various drug plans, so doing such a
nately, many were able to stock up on their med-     Medi-Cal Share of Cost obtain the Extra Help and      search is very important. One client found one
ications to get them through this initial period.    automatic plan assignment for 2006, it is unclear     plan would have him pay less than $20 out-of-
   As with all new programs, there has been          at present what the impact will be when it comes      pocket each month after ADAP made its pay-
a learning curve, not only for the beneficiaries      time to qualify for the Extra Help for 2007.          ments. The Drug plan he had been assigned to
of the plan, but also for the counselors and case                                                          would have required him to pay over $10,000
managers whose job it is to educate beneficia-        Dual Eligibility: Medicare AND Medi-Cal               a month for his medications. Even subtract-
ries. Over the past few months important in-         If you are covered under both Medicare and            ing ADAP payments he would still have several
formation has been announced that some may           Medi-Cal you were automatically enrolled in Ex-       thousand dollars of medications each month
not be aware of, information that will greatly       tra Help. Extra Help provides prescriptions with      that wouldn’t be covered by anyone. And that
impact the ability to continue obtaining pre-        co-pays of only $1 for generics and $3 for brand      was the plan he was assigned to.
scription medications with the lowest possible       name medications. There are no premiums or               For example, Serostim is not on all drug plan
out-of-pocket costs.                                 deductibles under Extra Help.                         formularies, however, it is on the ADAP formu-
                                                        In addition, you were automatically assigned       lary so it would be covered by ADAP. Other medi-
ADAP and Medicare Part D                             to a specific Part D drug plan if you did not elect    cations, however, such as some pain medications
Thanks to an extremely broad AIDS Drug Assis-        one yourself. You should have been notified of         like oxycontin, are not on many drug plan for-
tance Program (ADAP) in California, having ac-       that in a letter from the Centers for Medicare        mularies but are also not on ADAP’s formulary.
cess to necessary prescription medications has       and Medicaid Services (CMS) on bright, yellow         If you were taking both of these medications,
not been the problem it has been in other parts      paper. You also may have received correspon-          you would want to make sure you found a drug
of the country. California ADAP will continue        dence from the assigned plan as well. If not, you     plan that covered oxycontin. Hopefully, you
to assist by paying for medications, or their co-    can call 800.medicare or ask your pharmacist          would find one that covers both to save ADAP
pays, for drugs that are on the ADAP formulary,      which plan you were assigned to.                      the expense of paying for the Serostim in full.
and not covered elsewhere. However, they also           It is important that you review that assignment.
have made some changes to accommodate Medi-          You were assigned without regard to what medi-        Changing Drug Plans
care Part D, and help stretch ADAP dollars as far    cations you are taking and every Part D Drug          Once Medicare Part D is up and running, peo-
as possible.                                         Plan has its own formulary. Remember, under           ple will generally be required to remain in their
   ADAP will pay the deductible, co-insurance,       this new system if you are prescribed a drug that     drug plan until the open enrollment at the end
co-pays, and “doughnut hole” charges not cov-        is not on either the ADAP or your Part D Plan’s       of each year, when they can change plans. How-
ered by the Medicare Part D plan only for those      formularies, you will have to pay for it out of       ever, because this year’s open enrollment lasts
medications that are on the ADAP formulary.          your own pocket.                                      until May 15, 2006, you will be able to change
   ADAP will not pay the premiums for Medi-             To protect your income, you should go to a         plans up until that date.
care Part D coverage.                                benefits counselor or directly to http://medi-            If you were assigned to a plan that you do
   ADAP members who are also Medicare ben-  or call 800.medicare to review the           not like, you may change to another plan. The ef-
eficiaries must be enrolled in a Medicare Part D      plans based on your current regimen. They will        fective date of the change will be the first of the
Plan no later than March 31, 2006 in order to in-    help you determine which plans will cover most        month after requesting the change.
sure continued eligibility with ADAP.                of your current medications and what the costs                                    continued on page 9
                                                     to you will be, if any. To do this search, you will

Fifth Annual                                                 Self Love—Cupid’s Arrow
Update on Sexual                                             Has Your Name On It
Orientation Law                                                                              BY F R A N K S A N C H E Z M A P S YC H O L O G Y

and Public Policy                                            In consideration of the New Year and looking
                                                             at the upcoming celebration of love, aka Val-
                                                                                                                        seem like a really big step so start off slowly! If it
                                                                                                                        seems like too much then it is possible that you
Friday, February 24, 2006                                    entine’s Day, it is a good time to consider how            might give up before you ever get started. You
12:30–6:30 p.m.
UCLA School of Law                                           we rate our relationship with ourselves. How               have to risk failing to be able to move towards
                                                             much self-love do you have? I have occasionally            your goal in any situation.
                                                             been asked if too much self-love is bad and the                 The point of self-love is making decisions
 Keynote address by Kathleen Sullivan, Stanley Mor-
  rison Professor of Law and former Dean of Stanford         answer is no. There is a big difference between             that ultimately move you closer to the goals
 Law School                                                  self-love and narcissism. Self-love brings about           you have made. Begin by writing down realistic
 The Opening of the New Williams Institute Reading           high self-esteem and empathy for others, which             and attainable goals that will take you closer to
 Room with a reading by Kenji Yoshino, author of “Cov-
 ering: The Hidden Assault on Our Rights” and Deputy         translates to the ability to love others genuinely.        the person you want to be. Keep tabs on the ac-
 Dean of Intellectual Life at Yale Law School                Whereas, the narcissist has no self-love only              complishments you have made. When you begin
 Panels on “California 2006!?,” “Looking at Lawrence,”       love for the false image he projects.                      to make choices that support you it is easier to
 and “ New Polling Data about LGBT Rights.” Panelists
                                                                Some indications that you have room to im-              feel good about yourself. This part includes be-
 to include:
 Lee Badgett, Professor of Economics, University of          prove the love you have for yourself are: feeling          ing assertive when you are in situations that
 Massachusetts-Amherst, 2005 Williams Project Visit-         uncomfortable in social situations; making dis-            aren’t supporting you, for example speaking up
  ing Scholar                                                paraging remarks about yourself; having diffi-               if someone tries to cut in front of you at the gro-
 Devon Carbado, Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law
                                                             culty saying no to others; and worry that others           cery store.
 Dale Carpenter, Professor of Law, University of Min-
  neapolis Law School                                        will not like you. If find yourself in these situa-              The last yet a very important goal is to make
 Patrick Guerriero, Executive Director of the Log Cabin      tions frequently you probably are not feeling as           a difference in someone else’s life. Ask yourself,
 Republicans                                                 much love for yourself as you could.                       how can I make someone else happy? The ben-
 Nan Hunter, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School              There are many techniques that you can fol-             efits are that you feel good about what you have
 Courtney Joslin, Staff Attorney, National Center for         low to work towards improving your self-love.              to offer and also feel good about seeing the face
 Lesbian Rights
                                                             In some circles the love we have for ourselves,            of the person you have just helped, not to men-
 Geoffrey Kors, Executive Director, Equality California
                                                             or lack of, is thought to be developed during              tion you have made the world a better place. Th is
 Gregory Lewis, Professor of Public Administration and
 Urban Studies, Georgia State University                     childhood. Our childhood influences (e.g., our              can be as simple as saying hello to someone who
 Pacy Markman, Principal, Zimmerman and Markman              parents), continue to paint the picture we hold            looks as though they have had a rough day.
 Nathaniel Persily, Professor of Law, University of          of ourselves long after we’ve left their homes.                 Acquiring self-love is a process that takes
 Pennsylvania Law School
                                                             In other circles our self-love is made up of our           time and effort in making choices that support
 The Final Round of the 2nd Annual National Sexual
 Orientation Law Moot Court Competition. Final round         thoughts and how we replay our ideas of our-               you. If you think that this can be helpful for you
 judges will include the Honorable J. Spencer Letts          selves in our internal conversations. Either way           yet you don’t know how to get started then you
 and the Honorable Dean Pregersen of the U.S. District       there are ways to begin to heal the relationship           might want to be accountable to another person
 Court of the Central District of California.
                                                             that you have with yourself.                               that can listen to the goals that you have set
The Williams Institute Inauguration                             First you will want to begin to track how you           and the progress that you have made. Th is can
6:30–8:30 p.m.
Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library,                          think and feel about yourself. Write down those            be with a friend, a mentor, a support group or a
Main Reading Room                                            internal conversations that only you hear. Th is           therapist. In the long run the work is well worth
                                                             will help you see how they affect you. Now you              the effort and time.
Join us to celebrate the growth of the Williams Project
into the Williams Institute. Featuring UCLA Chancellor       have a starting point to begin to change those
Albert Carnesale, Dean of UCLA School of Law Michael         conversations by replacing the negative thought            I would like to take this opportunity to welcome Frank as our new-
Schill, Professor of Law and Williams Project Faculty
Chair Bill Rubenstein, and Williams Project Executive        with a positive one. For example: instead of                est regular contributor to the Newsletter. —Ed.
Director Brad Sears.                                         thinking “that was a stupid thing to say” you
                                                             could replace it with “this person is interested in
General registration for the 5th Annual Update is free.      hearing what I have to say”. Learning to change
Practitioners who attend the Annual Update can earn          the self-talk will begin to change how you feel.
5.5 units of CLE credit for a registration fee of 200.00,
which includes a ticket to the Institute Inauguration.          Next you might want to take a look at how
Tickets to the Institute Inauguration are available for      you are presenting yourself. Is your hair cut how
100 each and event sponsorships start at 1,000. Please     you like it, are you maintaining a personal style
RSVP by using our webform, calling 310.794.5192 or via
e-mail at                      that you like? What are you doing to take care of
                                                             your body, your mind, and your spirit? This can

8                                                                                         BEING ALIVE PEOPLE W ITH HIV/AIDS AC TION COALITION
trip, continued from page 1                                              life group la, continued from page 1                of the Board of Directors of Being Alive LA that
                                                                                                                             this coalition will serve as a model and herald
mendous debt and adding youth, art and social                            of the same name throughout the country, ex-        an era of “cooperation instead of competition”
programs.                                                                cept to the extent that the mission statements      between all agencies who serve the hiv/aids
     Trip’s enduring commitment and years of                             are similar in terms of dealing with the on-going   community.
service to people living with hiv/aids gives him                         hiv/aids pandemic. Being Alive, a non-profit            In addition to the proposed collaboration,
the experience and the passion to be of great                            membership organization, with a full-time staff      Being Alive LA is now offering interactive groups
service to Being Alive at this time. About this                          of eight, provides emotional support, treatment     for hiv+ gay men focusing on the rise of crystal
Trip says, “Being Alive is a wonderful organiza-                         education, prevention, advocacy, wellness and       and other illegal drug remedies in the gay com-
tion that is very close to my heart—my entire                            social services; and is an excellent fit with the    munity. The Get Off Now program is designed
family is living with hiv and aids. My goal for                          mission statement of The Life Group LA.             to provide an open discussion about healthier
the next few months is to continue the tremen-                              It is the similarity in mission statement and    coping strategies, peer support, and more posi-
dous momentum that Demetri created while we                              the shared “peer-based” philosophy of care-giv-     tive sexual expression. Th is group is extended to
search for a permanent leader”.                                          ing that prompted Sunnie Rose and Ric Parish        hiv-negative persons, as well, who are interested
                                                                         of The Life Group LA to contact Being Alive LA      in getting off of drugs and thereby reducing the
                                                                         in the interest of forming a coalition. The Board   risks for hiv/aids. Contact the agency for dates,
medicare part d, continued from page 7                                   of Directors of Being Alive viewed this as an op-   times, and location of workshops.
                                                                         portunity to act as fiscal agents to the purpose        The next Poz Life Weekend Seminar is cur-
     Even if you elected your plan, you will have                        of assisting in the growth of the fledging sister    rently scheduled for January 10–22, 2006.
the right to change plans any time before that                           agency. It is the expressed hope of the Board of       For further information about the proposed
date. For example, each drug plan is required to                         Being Alive that fi nancial stability will eventu-   collaboration between Being Alive LA and The
have its own procedure to handle appeals such                            ally allow the staff and participants of The Life    Life Group LA, contact Trip Oldfield, Interim
as covering a medication that is not on the for-                         Group LA to receive full salaries to underwrite     Executive Director, at 310.289.2551, ext.14, or
mulary or requiring a step process before getting                        the expenses of the project.               for Being Alive; or Sunnie
the medication prescribed. Because this entire                              In Los Angeles alone there are over 52,000       Rose, or Ric Parish at 888.208.8081 for The Life
system is new, it is unknown exactly how simple                          people living with hiv or aids. With the ever-      Group LA.
and lenient the procedures will be. As you gain                          changing terrain of medical advances and the           Web sites:; www.the-
experience in the first five months of 2006, you                           obstacles of alienation, drugs and alcohol, and
may find that the appeal procedure is reason                              discrimination in the workplace; it is the hope
enough to change plans.

And a Tip for Your Parents and Other Healthy
Many healthy retirees have questioned the need
for signing up for a Medicare drug plan at the
present time. “I don’t take that many medica-
tions,” they say. Regardless, they still should
sign up for a plan. For people who don’t already
have drug coverage, the penalty for enrolling
in a drug plan late, after May 15, 2006 mounts
at the rate of 1 a month or 12 a year which
is permanently added to the premium. Healthy
Medicare beneficiaries without other drug cov-
erage should sign up for a low-cost drug plan be-
fore May 15 just to be part of the system if and
when they actually need medications.

Jacques Chambers, CLU, is a Benefits Counselor in private practice
with over 35 years experience in health, life and disability insurance
and Social Security disability benefits. He can be reached by phone
at 323.665.2595, by e-mail at, or
through his Web site at He may also
be reached through APLA at 213.201.1444.

 We invite all HIV/AIDS specialists to mail or e-mail your information to us. Please indicate what insurances you do and do not accept, as well as your address, phone numbers and e-mail.

 Marcia Alcouloumre, MD                                 Paul J. Cimoch, MD, FACP                           Barbara A. Joseph, RN, MFT                        Pacific Oaks Medical Group
 Rebecca Kuhn, MD                                       Center for Special Immunology                      16055 Ventura Blvd, Ste 500                       Daniel H. Bowers, MD
 Stefan Schneider, MD                                   11190 Warner Ave, Ste 411                          Encino, CA 91436                                  Ralph S. Hansen, MD
 St. Mary Medical Center                                Fountain Valley, CA 92708                          310.551.8505                                      Eugene H. Rogolsky, MD
 1043 Elm Ave, Ste 300                                  714.751.5800                                       Works with individuals/couples with depression,   Anthony J. Scarsella, MD
 Long Beach, CA 90813                                                           anxiety, chemical dependency issues,              Peter R. Wolfe, MD
 562.624.4999                                           Accepts most insurance plans: Medicare, Medi/      relationship issues, grief/loss and end-of-life   150 N Robertson Blvd, Ste 300
 Accepts most insurance plans: Indemnity and            Medi, and Medical.                                 issues. Accepts most insurance, including HMO,    Beverly Hills, CA 90211
 PPO, Medicare and Medi-CAL, and uninsured HIV+                                                            PPO, and indemnity.                               310.652.2562
 individuals.                                           Richard Gollance, LCSW, MSG                                                                          Accepts most PPO Plans, Medicare, Medi/Medi
                                                        12402 Ventura Blvd, 2nd Fl                         Mark H. Katz, MD
 Victor Beer, MD                                        Studio City, CA 91604                              Kaiser                                            Matt Silverstein, MA, MFT
 5901 W Olympic Blvd, Ste 505                           818.503.7300                                       6041 Cadillac Ave                                 566 S San Vicente Blvd, #201
 Los Angeles, CA 90036                                  Psychotherapy. Primary focus: gay men in mid-      Los Angeles, CA 90035                             Los Angeles, CA 90048
 323.937.5151                                           life and beyond.                                   323.857.2201                                      310.842.6124
 Barry Cardiner, MA, MBA, MFT                           Charles Gonzales, MD                               Richard Derrick Knowles, MD                       Specialty areas include gay identity, HIV/AIDS
 8430 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 100                        Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center              Jorge E. Rodriguez, MD                            issues, addiction recovery, dream work,
 West Hollywood, CA 90069                               The Doctors Tower                                  Orange Coast Medical Group                        spirituality. Sliding fee scale and able to accept
 Lic # MFT34301                                         1300 N Vermont, #310                               361 Hospital Rd, Ste 126                          most insurance (not medi/medi).
 323.874.1967                                           Los Angeles, CA 90027                              Newport Beach, CA 92663
 HIV+ physchotherapist. Accepts most PPO, POS           323.644.4415                                       949.646.1111                                      Myles Spar, MD, MPH
 insurance. Specialty areas: HIV issues, depression,    Board-certified family medicine / HIV specialist.   Accepts most indemnity and PPO health             Venice Family Clinic / West Side Partners
 abuse, addiction and recovery, relationships, grief.   New office in Silver Lake. Most major insurances     insurance plans, as well as Medi/Medi.            604 Rose Ave
                                                        accepted, including PPO and HMO, as well as                                                          Venice, CA 90291
 Jacques Chambers, CLU                                  Medicare and Medi/Medi.                            Lyle Kurtz, MD                                    310.664.7607; fax 310.664.7676
 Benefits Consultant and Counselor                                                                          310.855.1551                                      Free comprehensive medical facility servicing
 Chambers Benefits Consulting                            Michael S. Gottlieb, MD                            Conrad J. Tseng, MD                               the poor and uninsured populations of West Los
 2658 Griffith Park Blvd, #290                            Matthew Bosse, MD                                  310.652.3000                                      Angeles.
 Los Angeles, CA 90039-2520                             Aaron Perlmutter, MD                               99 N La Cienga Blvd, Ste 107
 323.665.2595 or 888.739.2595                           Synergy Hematology/Oncology                        Beverly Hills, CA 90211                           Tower ID Medical Group                                5901 W Olympic Blvd, Ste 407                       Accepts all indemnity plans, Blue Cross, Blue     8631 W Third Street, Ste 1015E
                                                        Los Angeles, CA 90036                              Shield, United Health Care, Aetna, Humana, and    Los Angeles, CA 90048
 Erin T. Childs, MA, LMFT                               323.525.1101, press 0                              Medicare.                                         310.358.2300
 11712 Moorpark St, Ste 201B
 Studio City, CA 91604                                  Luis O. Jarquin, Jr., MA, LMFT, Lic#41743          Christopher Lawver, LMFT                          Fred Wilkey, EdD
 818.985.4200                                           3350 E Birch St, Ste 100                           8444 Wilshire Blvd, 3rd Fl                        Clinical Psychology                                 Brea, CA 92821                                     Beverly Hills, CA 90211                           PSY8380
 Accepts most insurance plans, indemnity and            714.528.9335                                       323.651.5828, x7                                  9056 Santa Monica Blvd, Ste 306A
 PPO. Individuals and couples therapy. Issues of        Individual, couple and family therapy;             e-mail:                          West Hollywood, CA 90069
 illness/wellness, addiction and mood disorders.        relationship difficulties; disclosure; coping with   Blue Cross, Blue Shield, PacifiCare, United        310.659.4455
 Solution-focused.                                      diagnosis; depression and anxiety.                 Behavioral Health. Gay men's psychotherapy with   Successful short-term therapy. Accepts Medicare
                                                                                                           long history of working with HIV+ populations.    and most insurance.

                                                                                                                                                             Tony Zimbardi, PsyD, MFT
                                                                                                                                                             Gay Male HIV+ Psychotherapist
                                                                                                                                                             Enhance your quality of life. Dating, drugs,
                                                                                                                                                             depression, anxiety are all common issues we
                                                                                                                                                             have as poz men. I can help.

10                                                                                                          BEING ALIVE PEOPLE W ITH HIV/AIDS AC TION COALITION
 Call Being Alive at 310.289.2551. We’re located at The Ron Stone HIV Center at 621 San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, across from Pacific Design Center.

Being Alive Board Meetings                                          Yoga                                                                 Acupuncture Services
The Being Alive Board of Directors meetings                         Beginning Yoga                                                       Mondays • 9:00am–12:30pm
for 2006 will be held at 7:00pm at Being                            Tuesdays and Thursdays • 1:30pm                                      Tuesdays • 10:00am–12:30pm
Alive. Board meetings are held on the third                         At Being Alive in the Meditation Room. Call to make an ap-           Treatment for a range of conditions including pain manage-
Tuesday of each month. Date and time sub-                           pointment.                                                           ment, neuropathy and other side effects, addictions, stress,
ject to change—call to confirm.                                                                                                           headaches, and allergies. Call Being Alive for appointment.
                                                                    Daytime Group
                                                                    Wednesday • 12:30–2:00pm                                             Massage Sundays
Being Alive Advocacy and                                            Broad-spectrum group. For information, contact Bart at Being         Sundays • noon–4:o0pm
Development Meetings                                                Alive.                                                               Call Being Alive to get on the wait list.
Advocacy meetings are held on the fi rst
Tuesday of each month in Silver Lake and                            Healing Touch                                                        Chiropractic Services
Development meetings are held the fourth                            Wednesdays • 4:30pm                                                  by appointment
Tuesday of each month in West Hollywood.                            Saturdays • 10:00am                                                  Fridays • 9:30am–4:30pm
Both start at 7:00pm. All are welcome to                            Alternative healing by hands-on and energy-based techniques.         Back and body adjustments.
attend. Date and time subject to change—                            Call Being Alive for appointment.
call to confi rm.
                                                                    Hypnotherapy                                                         OTHER ACTIVITIES
HIV+/Hep C Support Group                                            By Dean L. Williams, CHT. Call 877.667.5844.                         Proof Positive: HIV+ Beer / Soda Bust
Now Forming                                                                                                                              at The Faultline
Facilitated by peers with education, information, and experi-       Speaker’s Bureau                                                     second Wednesdays
ence with both HIV and hepatitis C infections. Call Bart at Being   Spread the word about prevention, treatment, living with HIV/        8:00–11:00pm
Alive for more information.                                         AIDS. For more information, call Colin at 310.739.6504.              Fellowship and more. At The Faultline—4216 Melrose—in
Silverlake Support Group                                            Free Legal Referral
Fridays • 7:00–9:00pm                                               By Appointment
All those interested in attending a Being Alive peer support        Get professional advice on legal issues in your life. Call for in-
group in Silverlake please contact Bart, Peer Support Manager,      formation.
at Being Alive.
                                                                    Positive Reactions East Support Group
Co-Ed Heterosexual Group                                            Thursdays • 6:15–8:00pm
Every Other Thursday • 7:00–9:00pm                                  1125 N. McCadden (The Village at Ed Gould Plaza). Co-facilitated
Call Bart at Being Alive for more information.                      with staff member involvement. A medium to large drop-in
                                                                    emotional support group in Hollywood. A safe place to discuss
Positive Reaction West                                              HIV issues and meet others dealing with HIV, long-term and
Wednesdays • 7:00–9:00pm                                            newly identified. Topics often include disclosure, dating and
At Being Alive. A small drop-in group in a safe, honest place       relationships, adherence to medications, and Poz activities.
to discuss issues and meet others dealing with HIV. Call Bart       Call Bart at Being Alive for more information.
for more info.

Ceramics and Pottery
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays • 1:00pm
Learn ceramics and wheel-throwing. Beginners to advanced
are welcome.

Our goal is to provide a safe and confidential space where everyone can express themselves in an atmosphere of mutual respect and encouragement.

TUESDAY                                                            tional support, discuss medical issues and topics relevant to a     discuss current issues and solutions to life with HIV. Contact
HIV+/Hep C 7:00–9:00pm. 621 N. San Vicente. Fa-                    new diagnosis. Please contact Brian for more information or         Bart at Being Alive at 310.289.2551.
cilitated by peers with education, information, and experience     Bart at Being Alive at 310.289.2551.
with both HIV and hepatitis C infections. Call at Bart at Being
Alive.                                                             THURSDAY
                                                                   Positive Reactions EAST 6:15–8:00pm. 1125 N.
WEDNESDAY                                                          McCadden (The Village at Ed Gould Plaza). Co-facilitated with
Daytime Support Group 12:30–2:00pm. 2640                           staff member involvement. A medium to large drop-in emo-
Griffith Park Blvd. Broad-spectrum group. For more informa-          tional support group in Hollywood. A safe place to discuss HIV
tion, contact Bart at Being Alive at 310.289.2551.                 issues and meet others dealing with HIV, long-term and newly
Positive Reactions WEST 7:00–9:00pm. 621 N.                        identified. Topics often include disclosure, dating and relation-
San Vicente (Being Alive Green Room or outside picnic table).      ships, adherence to medications, and Poz activities. Call Bart at
Co-facilitated. A small drop-in group in a safe, honest place to   Being Alive for more information at 310.289.2551.
discuss issues and meet others dealing with HIV. Call Bart for     Co-Ed Heterosexual Group 7:00–9:00pm
more information.                                                  every other Thursday. Call Bart at Being Alive.
Positively New 7:30–10:00pm. 1300 N Vermont Ave.
(Doctor’s Building 2nd floor Conference Room). Facilitated by       FRIDAY
Brian Risley, Lead Treatment Educator for APLA at 213.201.1547.    Silverlake Support Group 7:00–9:00pm. An
A fairly large support group for those who are newly diagnosed     emotional support group in Silverlake area for HIV+ men to
or newly identify HIV+ within the past three years. Get emo-

ACLU Lesbian & Gay Rights: 213.977.9500 x237                       Foothill AIDS Project: 909.482.2066                                 Peer Education Program: 323.651.9888
Aid for AIDS: 323.656.1107                                         Greater LA Agency on Deafness:                                      PLUS: 323.962.8197; 323.962.8398 (TDD)
AIDS Healthcare Foundation: 888.AIDSCARE                               323.478.800 (voice and TTY)                                     Project Angel Food: 323.845.1800
AIDS/HIV Discrimination Unit, LA City Attorney’s Office:             HALSA: 213.201.1640                                                 Project Inform: 800.822.7422
    213.978.7758                                                   Hemophilia Council of Southern California: 626.796.5710             Project New Hope: 213.251.8474
APLA: 213.201.1600                                                     or 626.793.6192                                                 Rue’s House: 323.295.4030
AIDS Research Alliance: 310.358.2423                               Hypnosis Health Services: 310.473.6659                              Serra Project 213.413.0306
AIDS Service Center: 626.441.8495                                      Web site:                                    South Bay Family Health Care Center: 310.318.2521 x236
AIDS Services Foundation/Orange County: 949.809.5700               Inland AIDS Project: 800.499.2437                                   Spanish Language AIDS Hotline: 800.400.7432
Asian/Pacific AIDS Intervention Team: 213.553.1830                  Jeffrey Goodman Special Care Clinic (GLCSC):                             (SIDA) toll-free Southern California only
Being Alive Long Beach: 562.436.9722                                   323.993.7500                                                    Tarzana Treatment Center HIV-Mental Health Project:
Being Alive San Diego: 619.291.1400                                Jewish Family Services HIV/AIDS Program: 323.761.8800                   818.342.5897
Beth Chayim Chadashim: 323.931.7023                                LA Gay and Lesbian Center: 323.993.7400                             THE Clinic: 323.295.6571
Bienestar Hollywood: 323.660.9680                                  LA Shanti: 323.962.8197; 323.962.8398 (TDD)                         USC AIDS Clinical Trials Unit: 323.343.8288
Bienestar Long Beach: 562.436.9722                                 Los Angeles Free Clinic: 323.653.1990                               Valley Community Clinic: 818.763.8836
Caring for Children and Families with AIDS: 323.931.9828           Los Angeles Jewish AIDS Services/Project Chicken Soup:              Van Ness Recovery House: 323.463.4266
Carl Bean Home: 323.766.2326                                           323.655.5330                                                    Voices with a Message Hotline: 800.554.4876
Clean Needles Now: 323.857.5366                                    Los Angeles Patients & Caregivers Group: 323.882.6033               Wellness Works Community Health Center: 818.247.2062
Common Ground, the West Side HIV Community Center:                 Man2Man: 323.467.2626                                               West Hollywood Cares: 310.659.4840
    310.314.5480                                                   Minority AIDS Project: 323.936.4949                                 West Hollywood Community Housing Corporation:
Congregation Kol Ami: 310.248.6320                                 Mothers of AIDS Patients: 310.543.1370                                  323.650.8771 x2
CVS Pharmacy: 310.659.9810                                         Narcotics Anonymous Hotline: 800.863.2962                           Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project: 562.698.3850
Deaf Women Outreach: 323.478.8000 (TTY or voice)                   National AIDS Hotline: 800.227.8922;                                Woman’s Link: 310.419.8087
Department on Disability, AIDS Coordinator’s Office:                     800.344.7432 (en Español);                                      Women Alive Coalition: 323.965.1564
    213.485.6320                                                       800.243.7889 (TTY)                                              Women At Risk: 310.204.1046
East Valley Community Health Center:                               The New Hope Learning Center: 213.251.8474
    West Covina: 626.919.5724;                                     North East Valley Clinic: 818.988.6335
    Pomona: 909.620.8088                                           PAWS (Pets): 323.464.7297

12                                                                                                      BEING ALIVE PEOPLE W ITH HIV/AIDS AC TION COALITION
 Notices for this Bulletin Board and the preceding Support Group sections should be submitted to Kevin Kurth via Community Bulletin Board, c/o Being Alive
 Newsletter, 621 North San Vicente Boulevard, West Hollywood, California 90069; or send e-mail to; or send fax to 310.289.9866.
 Please be concise and indicate if there is a fee. Please also renew notices every six months.

MORE SUPPORT GROUPS                                                MCC LOS ANGELES                                               who speak Spanish. Call Juan Carlos Ortiz at 323.567.3877 or
                                                                   Bereavement support group open to anyone grieving the         Julio Vazquez, MSW Intern, at 323.563.4939. 4/2001
APLA SUPPORT GROUPS                                                death of a loved one, regardless of spiritual beliefs. 7pm,
The following groups are ongoing and offered through AP-            Tuesdays and Fridays, at the church. Contact Mario Perez at   COUPLES DEALING WITH HIV/AIDS
LA’s Mental Health Services: HIV/AIDS Gay Male, HIV/AIDS           310.854.9110. 5/2004                                          A closed, committed, long-term, and supportive group for
Heterosexual, Substance Use and HIV, and Mono-lingual                                                                            couples, led by a licensed psychotherapist. For more in-
Spanish-speaking HIV/AIDS. For information in English and          COMMON GROUND                                                 formation, call Diane Bernstein, LCSW at 310.398.3981. Low
Spanish, call Marcella Ayala at 213.201.1621. 11/2005              HIV/AIDS drop-in support group for women and men,             fee/no fee. 4/2002
                                                                   Mondays, 12:30–2pm; free; lunch is served. Gestalt Therapy
ACTORS FUND OF AMERICA                                             Group, Thursday nights, 5:30–7pm, actively recruiting mem-    MOTHERS OF AIDS PATIENTS
The HIV/AIDS Activity Group is a group where individuals in        bers. Women’s drop-in group, second and fourth Thursdays      Offers family support groups in Marina Del Rey, North Hol-
the entertainment industry can enjoy an afternoon of fun           of the month, 12:30pm–1:30pm. Spanish-speaking drop-          lywood, Whittier, Torrance. Spanish speaking group/Glen-
activities in a relaxed and inviting social environment. Ac-       in group, Wednesdays, 10am–11:30am. Call 310.314.5480.        dale. Family bereavement group/ Torrance. Call 310.543.1370.
tivities will be facilitated by social workers. Past events have   5/2004                                                        9/2000
included miniature golf, bowling, bingo, pot lucks, and vis-
its to local museums. Call Priscilla Levine for information:       ALTAMED SUPPORT GROUP                                         MINORITY AIDS PROJECT
323.933.9244. 3/2005                                               For men and women living with HIV/AIDS. Meets Tuesdays        Minority AIDS Project sponsors a variety of support groups
                                                                   from 2–3pm at AltaMed in Pico Rivera. For more informa-       for people of color. Call 323.936.4949. 9/2000
L.A.F.A.N.                                                         tion, call 562.949.8717. 12/2003
Los Angeles Family AIDS Network offers support groups
for families impacted by HIV/AIDS. Support groups facili-          TARZANA TREATMENT CENTERHIV MENTAL
tated by Patricia Woody, MA. Call 323.461.6066 for more info.      HEALTH PROJECT
                                                                                                                                 GRUPOS Y NOTICIAS EN ESPAÑOL
9/2004                                                             Support groups: HIV support, yoga, relapse prevention
                                                                                                                                 AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION
                                                                   group, self-help, vocational counseling, and mental health
                                                                                                                                 888.AIDSCARE 10/2002
4LYFE                                                              counseling. For info, call Tony Zimbardi, Psy.D LMFT, at
Arts-based emotional support for those affected by chronic          818.342.5897 x2136. 12/2003
                                                                                                                                 PROJECTO DE SALUD DE LA MUJER
illness. Based on the successful six-year track record of Write
                                                                                                                                 Queremos invitarla a que participe en un nuevo Proyecto
4Lyfe writers’ workshop, 4Lyfe will be providing creative          POSITIVES IN SOBRIETY
                                                                                                                                 de Investigación de UCLA para mujers que son VIH positivas.
emotional support activities such as Paint 4Lyfe, Sing 4Lyfe,      Open AA meeting for people affected by HIV. Meets every
                                                                                                                                 Para màs información llame al Project de Salud de la Mujer
Sculpt 4Lyfe, Dance 4Lyfe, among others. For information           Sunday, 6pm. Great Hall in Plummer Park, Vista St., between
                                                                                                                                 de UCLA, Elsa Reyes: 310.206.8960 o 310.794.9929. 1/2002
on how to become involved as client, volunteer, donor, or          Fountain and Lexington in West Hollywood. 323.656.0829.
board member, please contact, or call          12/2003
                                                                                                                                 PROJECT ANGEL FOOD
323.650.2879. 9/2004
                                                                                                                                 Project Angel Food es una organización que provee comi-
                                                                   HIV BY THE BOOKS
                                                                                                                                 das para las personas que viven con VIH/SIDA. Nuestros ser-
DUAL DIAGNOSIS SUPPORT GROUP                                       Open AA meeting. Intimate book study for people dealing
                                                                                                                                 vicios están disponible para personas que viven en nuestras
Support group for those living with or affected by HIV/AIDS         with HIV/AIDS issues. Meets every Friday, 7:15pm at Being
                                                                                                                                 áreas de servicio y que están oficialmente diagnosticado
and have a history of drug and alcohol abuse. Intimate set-        Alive. 323.656.0829. 12/2003
                                                                                                                                 con el SIDA o VIH sintomáticos. Para recibir servicios, llame
ting, dynamic speakers, informative and open participation.
                                                                                                                                 el 323.845.1810. 8/2001
Come listen and share. Saturdays, 1–2:30pm. 1133 S. Lake           LONG BEACH POZ PEERS
St., Los Angeles, CA 90006. Call 213.384.5031 for more info.       Social support group for HIV+ guys who want to meet other
                                                                                                                                 ALTAMED GRUPOS DE APOYO EN ESPAÑOL
5/2004                                                             HIV+ guys. Contact David at 562.272.8810. 7/2003
                                                                                                                                 Todos los miercoles de 6–8pm le ofrecemos un grupo para
                                                                                                                                 hombres y tambien otro grupo para mujeres. Para mayor
                                                                                                                                 information: Juan—323.869.5403. 2/2001
For people living with HIV/AIDS or cancer, or dealing with         7pm. 11321 Camarillo St. (upstairs), North Hollywood, CA
grief or imprisonment. One-on-one spiritul support, pri-           91602. Go to for more information.
marily Catholic. Can make inter-faith referrals. For info, call    1/2003
323.225.4461. 5/2004                                                                                                             WOMEN’S SERVICES
                                                                   SUPPORT GROUPS AT THE CENTER
WHITTIER HIV+ GROUP                                                GLCSC offers the following groups: HIV Info and Support,       WOMENSCARE CENTER
Whittier Rio Hondo AIDS Project (WRHAP) offers this group           Bereavement Group, and Significant Others of HIV+. Con-        Complete medical treatment, follow-up, and case manage-
for all people with HIV. An open support group. Every other        tact the Counseling Services Department—323.993.7640.         ment, education available at WomensCare Center, Queen of
Saturday 10am–noon. For info, call 562.698.3850. 5/2004            1/2003                                                        Angels/Hollywood Presbyterian. No fee, childcare available.
                                                                                                                                 323.662.7420. 12/2003
Offering free, anonymous HIV counseling service and                 Support groups including Living Positive, HIV Symptom-        ESCAJEDA WOMEN’S CLINIC
testing every Thursday, 2:15–6:45pm and every Saturday,            atic, Newly Diagnosed Group, Teen Group, HIV+ Spanish         Comprehensive health services for women with HIV/AIDS
9am–2:25pm. HIV case management everyday. Medical out-             Women, Journaling Group, and Gay Men Over 45 Group.           regardless of ability to pay. General and specialized HIV
patient services for people with HIV. ADAP enrollment. For         1030 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena. Call 626.441.8495: Jody     health care includes GYN services. Social Worker. Psychi-
interview call HIV coordinator at 818.763.8836. 5/2004             Casserly, LCSW, x144. 8/2002                                  atric services. English/Spanish speaking staff. For info, call
                                                                                                                                 626.744.6140. Pasadena location. 12/2003
Individual counseling for children of all ages who have            Thursdays at 8:30pm. HIV+ and gay narcotics anonymous         WOMEN’S LINK
loved ones with HIV/AIDS, and also for children of all ages        meeting. Members share their experience, strength, and        Drop-in one-day treatment program for HIV+ women and
who are HIV+. Parent/family support also available. Call           hope that they and others may recover from the disease of     their families, prevention for HIV– people, case manage-
Cheryl Connolly at 213.201.1337. 5/2004                            addiction. HIV+ focused. Many new-comers at this meeting.     ment, treatment advocacy, mental health counseling, and
                                                                   1919 N. Beachwood Dr., Los Angeles. For more information,     support groups. 310.419.8087. 8/2002
SOUTH BAY FAMILY HEALTHCARE CENTER                                 call 323.850.1624. 6/2002
Comprehensive HIV/AIDS social service support—case                                                                               WOMEN’S HEALTH PROJECT
management, mental health, prevention education,                   BLACK MEN’S MUTUAL SUPPORT AND SELFHELP                      Uniquely designed project for HIV+ women. 12-week paid
buddy program, HOPWA, short-term rental assistance. Call           GROUP                                                         groups for those who qualify. Childcare, transportation,
310.318.2521 x221. 5/2004                                          We discuss medication adherence, re-infection preven-         and refreshments provided. Call 310.206.9860 and ask for
                                                                   tion, safe sex, diet, exercise, and other issues as deter-    WHP. 1/2002
BIENESTAR                                                          mined by the group. IMCC Wellness Center, Inglewood. Call
Bienestar Human Services offers a variety of services and           310.674.4444. 9/2001                                          THE SERRA PROJECT/CASA DE LA MADONA Y EL NIÑO
support groups for the Latino community, HIV+ client ser-                                                                        A home for women and children living with AIDS and HIV.
vices, and HIV– prevention programs. Call Miguel Gonzalez          SPECTRUM                                                      RN and MSW case management, medical transportation,
at 323.727.7897. 5/2004                                            Watts Support Group/Positive Survivors. Tuesdays,             bilingual—English/Spanish, family preservation and reuni-
                                                                   10:30am. Call Marcel Webb at 323.357.3469. • Heterosexual     fication. Call 323.342.0705. 9/2000
CHURCH OF THE VALLEY HIV+ SUPPORT GROUP                            Support Group. Wednesdays, 10am. Call Marcel Webb at
Thursdays, 6:30–8:30pm, Disciples of Christ Church, 6565           323.357.3469. • Unidos. Wednesdays, 3–4pm. Ongoing drop-
Vesper, Van Nuys. 818.786.4070. 5/2004                             in support group for men and women, friends and family

WOMEN’S TRANSITIONAL HOUSING                                     AIDS HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION                                        FREE OUTPATIENT METHADONE TREATMENT
In Whittier. For women living with HIV/AIDS and their chil-      AHF Clinics in Hollywood, Downtown, Sherman Oaks, the             For individuals who are living with HIV/AIDS and opiate-
dren. Medical and case management referrals available.           Westside, Upland, Lancaster, and West Adams provide care          dependent. Counseling, food, housing, and employment
Call Karen at 562.944.6263. 9/2000                               to people with HIV/AIDS regardless of ability to pay. No one      referral. For confidential info, contact OMNI at 310.676.9688.
                                                                 ever turned away. Free HIV testings at our Out-of-the-Closet      5/2001
WOMEN’S RESIDENTIAL SERVICE                                      thrift stores. Call 800.AHF.2101. 10/2002
Immediate housing available for women with HIV/AIDS, a                                                                             FREE HOME HEALTH CARE SERVICES
supportive multi-service environment for women and their         ANDREW ESCAJEDA CLINIC                                            Available through the Tarzana Treatment Center. Nurse case
children. Call 323.755.6646. 9/2000                              Comprehensive health services for adults with HIV/AIDS,           management, psycho-social case management, attendant
                                                                 regardless of ability to pay. ADAP enrollment site and            care, homemaker services, assistance with medication
T.H.E. CLINIC FOR WOMEN, INC.                                    psychiatric services. Open to all HIV-infected, even if re-       schedules. For referrals, call Liz at 818.342.5897. 9/2000
Offers specialized services for women living with HIV. Early      ceiving medical care elsewhere. Pasadena location. Call
intervention program, HIV testing. Staff speaks ten lan-          626.744.6140. 8/2002                                              LA COUNTY RAND SHRADER 5P21 HIV CLINIC
guages. Call Nola Thomas for information or appointments:                                                                          Provides comprehensive HIV care; services available in Eng-
323.295.6571 x3109. 9/2000                                       COMPREHENSIVE AIDS RESOURCE EDUCATION PRO                        lish and Spanish. Call 213.343.8255. 9/2000
                                                                 GRAM C.A.R.E.
                                                                 Offers the following services: Out-patient, non-emer-              T.H.E. CLINIC, INC.
                                                                 gency clinic (sliding scale)—562.624.4999 • Dental cen-           HIV/AIDS testing, treatment, counseling, family planning,
LEGAL SERVICES                                                   ter (sliding scale)—562.624.4949 • Testing/outreach (no           other services. For more information call 323.295.6571.
                                                                 charge)—562.624.4900 • AIDS drug assistance program (no           9/2000
                                                                 charge)—562.624.4944 • Mental health program and nutri-
Supplemental health and life insurance, serving our
                                                                 tional couseling (no charge)—562.624.4914 • Case manage-          CHIROPRACTIC CARE
community. Contact Glenn at 818.774.1556 x33, or Glenn_
                                                                 ment / social services (no charge)—562.624.4900 • Family          Spinal adjustments available for 10 by appointment for 9/2004
                                                                 services program—562.624.4921. Located at 411 E. 10th St.,        HIV+ people who are uninsured and not working. Other
                                                                 Suite 107, Long Beach, CA 90813 (inside St. Mary Medical          services available. Brian Smith, DC, 8235 Santa Monica Blvd.,
                                                                 Center campus). 6/2002                                            West Hollywood. 323.656.2652. 9/2000
I live a few blocks from Being Alive in West Hollywood. Ser-
vices are free if we can arrange a time to meet there. You can
                                                                 WOMEN’S HEALTH PROJECT                                            SOUTH BAY FAMILY HEALTH CARE CENTER
also come to my home on Palm Avenue and pay the regular
                                                                 New research project for HIV+ women. English- and Span-           Free anonymous HIV testing and case management. Tor-
10, or I can come to your place in West Hollywood for 15.
                                                                 ish-speaking women needed. Call 310.206.9860 and ask for          rance, Manhattan Beach, Gardena & Compton. For info call
Call Michael at 310.659.4299. 2/2002
                                                                 WHP. 1/2002                                                       310.376.3000. 9/2000
                                                                 AIM HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION                                         JEFFREY GOODMAN SPECIAL CARE CLINIC
A collaborative effort of AIDS Service Center, the L.A. County
                                                                 Healthcare for adult-industry members. HIV/STD testing,           Provides HIV and STD testing and treatment, case manage-
Bar Barristers, AIDS Project, the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center,
                                                                 referrals, counseling, GYN services. For clients diagnosed        ment, complementary therapies and AIDS Drug Assistance
and Public Counsel. HALSA provides legal assistance in a va-
                                                                 with HIV/AIDS at AIM Healthcare—free-for-life medication          Program. Call 323.993.7500 for info. 9/2000
riety of areas including bankruptcy, benefits, employment,
                                                                 placement. Call 818.981.5681. 8/2001
housing, wills, powers-of-attorney to low-income people
                                                                                                                                   NORTHEAST VALLEY HEALTH CORP
living with HIV, as well as comprehensive pro bono referrals.
                                                                 CLINICAL RESEARCH GROUP                                           Confidential comprehensive medical services for HIV/AIDS
For more info, call 213.201.1640. 4/2002
                                                                 Looking to recruit patients for an upcoming clinic trial. Call    provided in English and Spanish at low or no cost in the SF
                                                                 Kristen at 610.527.6417 x218. 9/2000                              Valley. 818.988.6335. 9/2000
Attorney has contract with Los Angeles County to assist ob-
                                                                 TARZANA TREATMENT CENTER
taining SSI benefits for individuals on General Relief (other
                                                                 Provides residential rehabilitation and medical detoxifica-
than AFDC). For eligibility contact Dennis Devermont at
                                                                 tion programs for people with HIV/AIDS. Call 818.996.1051
                                                                                                                                   PHARMACY SERVICES
310.393.0308. 9/2000
                                                                 x40. HIV outpatient clinic, Monday, Wednesday, Friday,
                                                                                                                                   EDDIE’S PHARMACY
                                                                 10am–6pm. Call 818.342.5897. 9/2000
                                                                                                                                   As your commuity pharmacy, we are committed to provide
                                                                                                                                   the best service possible. Getting to you know and your
MEDICAL SERVICES                                                 USC AIDS CLINICAL TRIALS UNIT
                                                                                                                                   individual needs is an integral part of that commitment.
                                                                 Free clinical trials for people with HIV/AIDS. Located at 5P21,
                                                                                                                                   Small enough to care; large enough to meet your needs.
POSTEXPOSURE PROPHYLAXIS PEP                                  Rand Schrader Clinic, 1300 N. Mission Rd., Room 349, LA. For
                                                                                                                                   Call 310.358.2400. 1/2006
For people 18 years or older who think they may have been        info, call 323.343.8288. 9/2000
exposed to HIV through unprotected sex or needle-sharing.
                                                                                                                                   WESTERN DRUG
For more information, contact Max Madrigal: 323.993.7435.        PEDRO ZAMORA YOUTH HIV CLINIC
                                                                                                                                   There is no waiting in line at Western Drug...ever. We take
24-hour response line: 866.737.7883. 12/2003                     Specifically addressing the needs of young people. Offering
                                                                                                                                   pride in the personalized and professional care that we pro-
                                                                 youth services Tuesday, 3–7pm, anonymous, free HIV test-
                                                                                                                                   vide to our clients. Call Joseph at 818.844.5136. 12/2005
FREE ANONYMOUS HIV TESTING                                       ing Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3–7pm. 323.993.7571. 5/2001
with a peer youth HIV counsel. Mondays—LA City College,
                                                                                                                                   ALLINONE PHARMACY
855 N. Vermont, LA, 11–3pm, 323.953.4000 x2485. Thurs-           AIDS RESEARCH ALLIANCE
                                                                                                                                   For all your pharmacy needs. Adherance tools and delivery
days—Jeff Griffith Youth Center, 7051 Santa Monica Blvd.,           Clinical trials open to all HIV+ adult men and women, re-
                                                                                                                                   provided free of charge. Treatment educators available for
LA, 2–4pm, 323.461.8163. Monday–Fridays—The SPOT, 745            gardless of where they receive primary care. Call Corie Cas-
                                                                                                                                   any questions you have. Most insurance accepted. Call toll-
N. San Vicente Blvd., West Hollywood, 4–8pm, 323.993.7440.       tro at 310.358.2429. 9/2000
                                                                                                                                   free: 866.255.6663. 11/2005
                                                                 METHADONE TREATMENT FOR HIV+ PEOPLE
                                                                                                                                   MOMS PHARMACY
LICENSED OUTPATIENT SUBSTANCE ABUSE COUN                       If you are HIV+ and opiate-dependent, Western Pacific Re-
                                                                                                                                   The original adherence pharmacy. Services include free
SELING                                                           hab offers free out-patient methadone treatment at conve-
                                                                                                                                   delivery, pager notification, and optional MOMS Paks
For people with HIV/AIDS. FOUND 1730 S. Vermont Ave., Los        niently located sites. Call 800.223.3869. 9/2000
                                                                                                                                   medication packets, the ultimate adherence tool. For
Angeles, CA 90006. 323.730.9497. 12/2003
                                                                                                                                   more information, visit, or call
                                                                 AIDS SERVICE CENTER, PASADENA
                                                                                                                                   866.993.6337. 8/2005
ALTAMED HEALTH SERVICES                                          Free treatment education and advocacy via one-on-one
Comprehensive medial treatment for people with HIV/AIDS.         counseling/assessment, monthly treatment forums, Treat-
                                                                                                                                   REDIMEDS PHARMACY
In addition to medical treatment, we provide case manage-        ment Library and more. Call 626.441.8495. 9/2000
                                                                                                                                   Totally compliance- and adherence-based medicine pack-
ment, support groups, and HIV testing. To make an appoint-
                                                                                                                                   aging by dose, with discreet home delivery. Includes service
ment to see a physician, please call 800.410.0027. 3/2003        WELLS HOUSE HOSPICE, LONG BEACH
                                                                                                                                   to remind you to take your meds, and our unique validation
                                                                 A home-like environment serving Long Beach and Orange
                                                                                                                                   chart. Call 866.SAY.REDI (729.7334). 1/2003
LAGUNA BEACH COMMUNITY CLINIC                                    County. Volunteers always welcome. Contact Ron Morgan
Treats qualified clients without charge. Two HIV specialists      at 562.435.9363. 9/2000
accepts Medical and Medicare. 362 3rd St., Laguna Beach,
CA 92651. 949.494.0761. 1/2003                                   GAMA LATINO SERVICES CENTER                                       PERSONAL SERVICES
                                                                 A new service to advocate for the well-being of those in-
VALLEY COMMUNITY CLINIC                                          fected and affected by HIV/AIDS. Education and Prevention,         TRUE NORTH MASSAGE
Provides free and anonymous HIV testing Mondays–Satur-           Self-Esteem workshops, Dolphin Energy support groups,             Swedish circulatory massage. Tim Maloney, Certified Mas-
days. Also out-patient medical treatment, ADAP enrollment,       Spirituality workshops, and more. All services available          sage Technician. APSB. 818.244.3029. 818.726.9480 (cell).
medical screening and monitoring for HIV+ individuals.           in English and Spanish. For more info call 323.585.8300. 1/2006
Early intervention program. Call 818.763.8836 for appoint-       9/2000
ment. 10/2002

14                                                                                                   BEING ALIVE PEOPLE W ITH HIV/AIDS AC TION COALITION
SPORTS MASSAGE                                                   Being Alive for reduced rate. Call Jason at 310.435.7229, or      out are Web site for more information and updates on
Deep tissue, soft touch, and Reiki therapy. Discount for         send e-mail to 9/2000                             events: 5/2003
HIV+. I’ve worked on athletes for over five years. Call Wayne
at 562.235.8716 and mention this ad. 12/2005                     SWEDISH AND DEEP TISSUE MASSAGE                                   TEENS REACH TEENS
                                                                 One full hour for back, shoulders and neck for PWAs/              Peer Education Program of L.A. offers educators to lead dis-
MASSAGE THERAPIST                                                HIV. Discounted rates available. Certified. Call Ron at            cussions on HIV/AIDS prevention in schools, group homes,
There is no reason why you cannot have a relaxing or deep-       909.656.2285. 4/2002                                              and youth agencies. Call Wendy at 323.651.9888. 8/2002
tissue massage every week or two. I have been trained by
Being Alive, where I volunteered for more than a year. I now     HOME DELIVERED MEALS                                              WEST HOLLYWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
offer massage from my home at rates you can afford. Ro-            Jewish Family Services provides kosher meals (fresh or fro-       A unique, spiritual community of lesbians, gays, and sup-
land, 323.293.1704. 11/2005                                      zen) to the homebound. Call 323.761.8770. Other groups pro-       portive heterosexuals. Worship service Sunday mornings at
                                                                 viding meals are: LA Jewish AIDS Services/Project Chicken         11am. 7350 Sunset Boulevard. Children are always welcome.
PROFESSIONAL BODY ENERGY WORK AND MASSAGE                        Soup delivers kosher meals on Sundays to people with HIV/         Call 323.874.6646 or visit www. 8/2002
Three one-hour sessions for 100, or 50 per session, for any    AIDS 323.655.5330; Project Angel Food 323.845.1800, Beverly
HIV+ individuals. Previous volunteer for five years at Being      Hills 310.855.3517; San Fernando Valley, 818.718.6460; Long       L.A. SHANTI SEMINARS
Alive. Now in San Francisco. Contact Kevin at 415.570.1712 or    Beach, 310.432.6215; Pasadena, 818.449.6815; San Pedro,           Offering 12 seminars a year. Plus seminars, Vidas Positivas,
send e-mail to 6/2005             310.832.7335; Culver City, 310.559.0666; W. L.A., 310.208.3439;   Women for Positive Living. Free workshops also. For infor-
                                                                 St. Vincent’s, Hollywood/L.A. Central, 213.484.7775; Whit-        mation, contact Sunnie Rose at 323.962.8197 x322 9/2001
COUNSELING                                                       tier, 310.698.2750; Salvation Army, So. Bay, 310.31.2827; Santa
Payam Ghassemlou, PhD, MFT, gay male counselor.                  Monica, 310.394.5133; Westside Ecumenical Conference,             HELPLINE FOR DEAF PERSONS WITH HIV
310.801.2927. Sandplay Therapy—a fun, creative, and heal-        310.394.5133 (will deliver Ensure). 5/2001                        A unique service run by HIV+ deaf people, providing refer-
ing process to connect to your psyche’s self-healing powers.                                                                       rals to other deaf and hard-of-hearing people with HIV/
9/2004                                                           50% MASSAGE DISCOUNT                                              AIDS. Contact Emmett Haggen at 323.550.4258 (TDD) or
                                                                 Full hour Swedish massage. Legit. 25. Designed for finan-         323.550.4255 (fax). 9/2001
HEALING ARTIST                                                   cially challenged HIV+ folk who are looking for a way to af-
Sylvana Cabrini Candela, Licensed Acupuncturist and Her-         ford regular massage. Call Bruce at 323.660.5358. 9/2000          ALLEGRÍA HOUSE SHELTER
bologist. 310.936.2502. 5/2004                                                                                                     Assist families, and couples (gay or straight) living with AIDS.
                                                                 VALLEY COMMUNITY CLINIC: EARLY INTERVENTION                       Sober living program. Call 323.454.4200. 4/2002
HYPNOSIS HEALTH SERVICE                                          PROGRAM
Free group and low- to no-cost private hypnotherapy for          Provides free/low fee counseling to people with HIV/AIDS          HIVNET/PROJECT ACHIEVE
individuals with HIV and other health challenges. Attend         and those affected by the disease. You don’t have to be pos-       Seeking people who are HIV+ and interested in learning
the hypnosis group every Thursday, from 6–7pm, at 1001           itive to receive services. For information, call Kimm Brock-      more about vaccine trials. Call Kristen Dixon at 213.736.6017.
N. Martel Ave. in West Hollywood. Open to all. Call Timothy      man at 818.763.1465 x362. 9/2000                                  9/2001
L. Trujillo for reservations or appointment at 310.473.6659.
3/2003                                                           THE SERRA PROJECT                                                 AIDS EDUCATION/SERVICES FOR THE DEAF
                                                                 The Serra Project / CHOISS Program (Community Housing             Provides education to schools as well as one-on-one meet-
RESIDENTIAL DRUG TREATMENT                                       Options at Independent Supported Sites) is designed to            ings and intepreters to Ryan White-funded HIV/AIDS ser-
Live-in drug treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS. For      assist and support the homeless, HIV-symptomatic popula-          vices and testing with no charge to the service providers.
info, call Robyn at 818.985.8323. 2/2002                         tion. A secondary diagnosis of mental illness or substance        Call 323.550.4250 (TDD/voice). Fax: 323.550.4244. 9/2001
                                                                 abuse is required. For information, call Elizabeth Villalobos,
MASSAGE BY JEFFREY                                               Program Assistant, at 213.413.6212 9/2000                         CLINICA PARA LAS AMERICAS
Therapeutic touch at a discount for people living with                                                                             Free and anonymous HIV counseling and testing:
HIV/AIDS. Contact Jeffrey at, or call                                                                             213.484.8434. Translation services for HIV+ individuals:
310.770.7515. 10/2001                                                                                                              213.273.8708. 5/2001
PACIFIC CENTER FOR COUNSELING AND PSYCHO                                                                                          ALTAMED, THE TOMORROW PROGRAM
                                                                 CAREGIVER NEEDED
THERAPY AT APLA                                                                                                                    This exciting new program reaches gay and bisexual Latinos
                                                                 Call Victor at 310.854.3330 for more information. 12/2005
Provides free, individual, long-term counseling to people                                                                          between the ages of 18 and 28 living with HIV/AIDS. Contact
with AIDS and symptomatic HIV who are in financial need.                                                                            Alex Lozano at 323.869.5458. 1/2001
Call Enrique: 213.201.1467. 9/2001
                                                                 LifeRing specializes in secular recovery. “Yes, I want to get
                                                                                                                                   PROJECT NEW HOPE
                                                                 clean and sober. Yes, I want a support group. But where can I
PROJECT ANGEL FOOD                                                                                                                 Computer training classes for people with with HIV/AIDS.
                                                                 find an alternative to the 12-step approach?” Every Saturday,
Project Angel Food’s agency delivers nutritious meals to                                                                           Call 213.251.8474. 1/2001
                                                                 10–11am, The Village at Ed Gould Plaza, 1125 N. McCadden Pl.,
individuals with a formal diagnosis of AIDS or symptomatic
                                                                 Hollywood, CA 90038. 12/2005
HIV disease living in our delivery area. To start free meal                                                                        FRIENDS LA BREA
delivery service, please call Client Services at 323.845.1810.                                                                     Friends La Brea offers free treatment in a research setting to
                                                                 HETEROSEXUAL AFRICAN AMERICAN COUPLES
8/2001                                                                                                                             gay and bisexual men who use alcohol, crystal meth, crack,
                                                                 UCLA / Drew University are looking for African-American
                                                                                                                                   cocaine, or other stimulants. Participation includes a one-
                                                                 heterosexual couples where one partner is HIV+ and the
MASSAGE                                                                                                                            week screening period, 16 weeks of treatment, and two fol-
                                                                 other is HIV-negative to participate in a free HIV health en-
Available for the homebound free of charge through “Heart                                                                          low-up evaluations. Call 888.314.1134. 9/2000
                                                                 hancement intervention. Call Daisy at 323.563.5982. 2/2005
Touch Project”. Also training in compassionate touch for
family members. For info or to schedule an appointment,                                                                            APLA’S MEDICAL TRANSPORTATION
                                                                 MCINTYRE HOUSE
call 310.452.6112. 5/2001                                                                                                          For info, call David at 213.201.1323. 9/2000
                                                                 A non-profit residential substance abuse recovery and
                                                                 sober living program for men. Low-cost medical care and
FREE GROCERIES                                                                                                                     APLA’S HOUSING HOTLINE
                                                                 food provided. Contact Ed at 323.662.0855. 12/2004
Food and personal care items are provided to PWAs. Tues-                                                                           For info, call 888.300.4033. 4/2002
days, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 10am–1pm. For more
                                                                 CHOICES SOBER LIVING
information, call Imani Unidos Food Pantry, 323.754.2320.                                                                          HIV/AIDS MENTAL HEALTH PROGRAM
                                                                 Has homes in Long Beach and Los Angeles, providing clean,
5/2001                                                                                                                             Common Ground offers mental health services to HIV+
                                                                 comfortable, structured, drug- and alcohol-free living en-
                                                                                                                                   residents of Los Angeles who cannot affort to pay. Call Mark
                                                                 vironments for men, women, straight, gay, HIV+, and dual-
HIV SPECIALIST THERAPIST                                                                                                           Fairfield, LCSW, Director of Mental Health, at 310.314.5480.
                                                                 diagnosed individuals. Please call us for further information
On-going individual counseling and psychotherapy by li-                                                                            4/2002
                                                                 at 562.930.0565. 2/2004
censed, HIV+ psychotherapist who specializes in treating
HIV+ men and women. Sliding fee scale. Beverly Hills/WeHo                                                                          CRYSTAL METH ANONYMOUS INFO LINE
                                                                 HIV POSITIVE WRITERS WORKSHOPS AT APLA
locations. Ken Howard, LCSW, 310.726.4357 or kbhmsw@aol.                                                                           12-step program offering a 24-hour information hotline at
                                                                 The Writers Workshops at APLA are open to HIV+ men
com. 4/2001                                                                                                                        213.488.4455. 9/2000
                                                                 and women, regardless of experience. Andre Burke’s
                                                                 group meets Wednesdays, 7–9pm. Call 213.201.1600 x1136.
LOW INCOME HOUSING FOR PWAS                                                                                                        AID FOR AIDS: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE
                                                                 Dan Nussbaum’s group meets Fridays, 11am to 2pm. Call
1-, and 2-bedroom housing wait list. Contact West Holly-                                                                           Aid for AIDS provides financial assistance to people with
                                                                 213.201.1600 x1038. 7/2003
wood Community Housing Corporation, 8285 Sunset Blvd.,                                                                             HIV/AIDS. Help with pharmaceuticals, nutrition, monthly
Ste. 3, West Hollywood, or call 323.650.8771, x2. 1/2001                                                                           bus passes, rent, health insurance payments, utilities. For
                                                                 STRENGTH IN NUMBERS SIN
                                                                                                                                   more info, call 323.656.1107. 9/2000
                                                                 A non-profit social network for HIV+ gay men that organizes
                                                                 and promotes fun and relaxed events in LA and Orange
One-and-a-half years experience with Craniosacral therapy,
                                                                 County. All HIV+ gay men are welcome. Events include pot
Upledger trained. Subtle work but very profound. Mention
                                                                 luck, breakfasts, and bar nights. All events are low-cost, but
                                                                 everyone is expected to cover their own expenses. Check

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