WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -- In response to three deaths from bacterial meningitis in Southern California since December, Impulse, a group of socially active gay men seeking to promote safer sex in the community, will host a Town Hall meeting in West Hollywood on Tuesday, April 23 at 7 pm to discuss the issue.
The meeting is being organized to allow Southern California community members to directly ask an infectious disease specialist - AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) physician Dr. Parveen Kaur - any questions regarding acute bacterial meningococcal meningitis, an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal chord that has resulted in the deaths of three young men in Southern California since December. Attendees will also have the opportunity to receive a free meningitis vaccination through an on-site AHF mobile medical unit.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the largest AIDS organization in the United States, has provided 3,357 free meningitis vaccinations in West Hollywood and Hollywood since April 15. The Foundation will continue providing free meningitis vaccines this week at its AHF Hollywood Men's Wellness Center located at 1300 N. Vermont Ave, Suite 407 in Los Angeles to anyone who thinks that they are at risk or have had exposure.
The vaccine protocol involves one dose for HIV negative individuals, and one plus a booster at eight weeks for HIV positive people. Women may also be vaccinated at this location, despite the name implying services to men only. This is the only location for ongoing free meningitis vaccinations from AHF - vaccinations will no longer be performed at the West Hollywood and Hollywood AHF Pharmacies.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is the largest non-profit HIV/AIDS healthcare provider in the USA. AHF currently provides medical care and/or services to over 200,000 individuals in 28 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @AIDSHealthcare
Impulse was formed in February 2011 and consists of a core group of socially active young gay men who seek to promote healthier sexual lifestyles using modern social approaches. The group seeks to protect and give back to the community by promoting safe sex and reducing the risk of STDs and HIV/AIDS among active gay men in the greater West Hollywood and Hollywood area of Los Angeles. The first international branch of Impulse was established in Mexico City in February 2013. For more information, visit impulsegrp.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.