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April/May 2002

Article: Collection of Latino Essays Published

Collection of Latino Essays Published

To address HIV disclosure and help prevent the spread of HIV in the Latino community, AIDS Project Los Angeles recently published a booklet titled "Breaking the Silence... Rompiendo el Silencio."

"Breaking the Silence" is comprised of 20 self-authored accounts from Latino and Latina HIV/AIDS survivors. The authors write about their personal experiences of disclosing their HIV status, testing positive and facing serious illness.

"The issue of HIV in the Latino community is still very much taboo," said Angel Fabian, a staff member of APLA's POWER (Positive Wellness & Renewal) Program. "HIV prevention is often the result of clear and frank discussion. We must make that a possibility in our community."

"Breaking the Silence" is available at AIDS Project Los Angeles and will soon be available on-line at

Produced by APLA's POWER Program, "Breaking the Silence" is funded through a grant provided by the California AIDS Clearinghouse. Other individuals and agencies who contributed to this project include APLA's Case Management, Treatment Education and Women's Services programs, Bienestar Human Health Services Inc., AltaMed, The Wall-Las Memorias, Women Alive, AIDS Service Center, East Valley Community Health Center, County of Los Angeles Department of Health Services Office of AIDS Programs and Policies, Asi Creative Consulting and Sinclair Printing.

AIDSWatch Takes Place June 9-11

AIDSWatch is a unique opportunity for people from all over the U.S. to gather in Washington, D.C. to unite with one strong voice in support of a solid federal commitment to HIV/AIDS Programs.

AIDSWatch is the largest annual constituent-based federal HIV/AIDS lobbying and education event in the nation.

AIDSWatch 2002 will take place from June 9 through June 11. Registration is free. Visit to register online.

The registration deadline is May 28.

For more information, call (866) 243-7282 or e-mail

Lee Klosinski, George Ayala Take Positions at APLA

AIDS Project Los Angeles has appointed Lee E. Klosinski, Ph.D., longtime AIDS advocate, to Director of Programs.

In this newly created position, Klosinski will oversee health and education programs, all client services and media and marketing. Prior to appointment to this position, he was Director of Education. George Ayala, Psy.D., was named the new Director of Education.

"Lee's promotion is part of a strategic goal to integrate our client services and education programs," said Craig E. Thompson, Executive Director, APLA. "APLA always works to meet and anticipate the needs of people living with HIV and AIDS."

"I'm excited by the challenge of developing a comprehensive system for people who come to APLA for assistance," said Klosinski. "I believe an integrated approach to client services and education will strengthen the quality of all of our services and enhance our clients' ability to live healthier and more satisfying lives."

Klosinski, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Claremont Graduate University, began his association with APLA in 1987, when he became a volunteer with the AIDS Hotline.

Ayala was most recently with UCLA/Center for Community Health as an Assistant Research Psychologist. He also served as a Deputy Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services, Office of AIDS Programs and Policy. Ayala earned an advanced degree in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University and completed his undergraduate degree at Cornell University.

"George is the right person to come in and focus on client health education and prevention programs as the new Director of Education," said Thompson. "His experience in these areas is extensive."

Back to the April/May 2002 issue of Positive Living.

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This article was provided by AIDS Project Los Angeles. It is a part of the publication Positive Living.