Long Beach services offer help, treatment to people with HIV
For more Schein, the decision was welcome affirmation of his mother’s role in the community in particular, her role in preserving spots like this beach for public use. Over the dining room table of his home in the Logan Square neighborhood, Schein opened his folder of photocopies of newspaper articles, like a 1961 story headlined, “Rogers Park Beaches Face Gloomy Future.” The Save the Beaches campaign was a community effort, he said, but as its main organizer, his mother played a pivotal role. “This beach would not exist if not for her,” he said. And Pratt Beach would make a fitting memorial, he said. His family lived nearby.
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Because they are transgender, they are an underserved population, she said. There are no programs that encourage them to get services. Nobody is out there fighting for them on the streets. Bienestar, a social service agency working with Latinos, and The Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Center offer free HIV testing and outreach to the community. If someone tests positive, both groups will link the person with appropriate medical care. Bienestar and The Center want to increase the number of people tested because about one in five people who are HIV positive dont know it, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study. Mitchell Kushner, Long Beachs health officer, advocates annual HIV tests.
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