LA needs new leadership on monkeypox, HIV and STDs

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LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AHF will run another full-page, full-color monkeypox advocacy ad targeting Los Angeles County public health officials in response to the ongoing epidemic overwhelmingly affecting gay men, men who have sex have with men, and affects transgender people.

The ad, headlined “LA Needs New Leadership On Monkeypox, HIV And STDs,” criticizes LA County officials for their “Top-down approach that dictates the community rather than gaining its support, pitting community groups against each other.” The ad reminds readers that public health is government’s most basic responsibility, but cautions that the “The LA County Department of Public Health treats the community’s trusted representatives with contempt.”

This ad follows two previous monkeypox ads that AHF ran in previous editions of the Los Angeles Times. The first ad, titled “LA County Fails Gay Men AGAIN” (Sunday, July 31, 2022), reminded readers how sad it is for LA County officials who failed gay men at the start of this epidemic over 40 years ago have once again failed to take adequate steps against monkeypox to ensure the safety of the public.

The second ad, titled “Monkeypox: LA County Alert” (Sunday, August 7, 2022), criticized LA County officials for their disjointed and disorganized response to the outbreak, cases of which were first emerging outside of Africa in Western Europe and the United States from mid-May. It also lamented the county’s lack of effective collaboration with community partners who already have the networks, outreach and ground-level programs in place to help the county deliver a more effective response with education, prevention, testing and immunizations, especially given the extreme limited supply of vaccine doses.

According to LA County Public Health, as of August 19, 2022, there were 1,105 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the county (including case counts from Pasadena and Long Beach, which each have their own public health departments), with 98% found in males and 98% of those cases found within the LGBTQ+ community.

AHF’s latest LA Times ad concludes with a stark admonition to the county: “Bringing the public back to public health.”

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