According to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, from 2017 to 2018 there were alarming increases in chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis. This highlights the importance of continuing our work to stop STDs. Click here to view the report and learn more.
To see this information in news media, see the article in the New York Times and the report by CNN.
California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) in partnership with Women of Color Network (WOCN, Inc.) has established the Leadership Education and Advancement for Professionals (LEAP) Project.
LEAP is a coming together of WOC who are in the field of anti-violence who bring to the table all of themselves relative to strengths, knowledge, skills, abilities and yes our true and authentic selves where we collaboratively work together to impart knowledge and strengthen each other to become better leaders who can and will be able to impact the movement in a positive way." -Sara Rudolph- Pollard (Cohort 1)
From the Office of Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas:
“The fact that Dr. Redfield– a preeminent leader in HIV research and programs–is the director of the CDC says a lot about CDC’s commitment to eradicating HIV, and LA County is dedicated to being a partner in its efforts.
“HIV and STIs have been, and will continue to be, my priority policy areas, especially considering their disproportionate impact among communities of color.
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The California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Centers, together with HIV, viral hepatitis, and STD community-based organizations across California, have launched a community-driven effort to inform development of a statewide plan to end the HIV, HCV, and STD epidemics in California. What makes this initiative innovative and unique – in addition to community leadership – is its ambitious goal of addressing these health conditions as a syndemic – a set of linked health problems that interact synergistically and exacerbate poor health outcomes. The syndemic approach differs from the biomedical approach in that it treats diseases concurrently and also addresses the social determinants of health that drive these epidemics.
End the Epidemics: Californians Mobilizing to End HIV, HCV, and STDs, is a statewide coalition of over 100 public health and community organizations. In March 2019, End the Epidemics issued a community consensus statement, now signed by over 140 organizations, calling on Governor Newsom and the California Legislature to convene a high-level working group of key stakeholders to develop and implement a strategy to end the HIV, HCV, and STD epidemics.
Downloads and Links
Consensus Statement (English) Updated 5/23/19
Consensus Statement (Spanish) Updated 4/18/19
The sponsors of AB 2601 (legislation to extend the California Healthy Youth Act to Charter Schools) are super excited to announce that it was signed today by Gov. Brown. We want to extend a huge thank you to all of the folks who sent in support letters, signed petitions, tweeted, post, showed up at committee hearings, sent us good vibes and high fives to help us get it passed!
This has been a project of C2P folks for years - and now there is a law to point to that requires sex ed in charter schools. The mandate for charter schools takes effect next summer, prior to the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
We look forward to working with all of you to make sure that this legislation is implemented so all of California's public school students get the vital information they need around sexual and reproductive health.
The Sponsors are:
Act for Women and Girls
ACLU of California
Black Women for Wellness
Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California
Author - Assemblymember Weber