The Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services has partnered with the Men’s Health Foundation, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, and The California Prevention Training Center to host the 2nd Annual Long Beach Gay Men’s Health Summit on Saturday, October 17, from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown, 500 E. First Street.
“Our Health Department does a great job in hosting these important events and collaborating with our local agencies to support the health of the entire community,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
Following the success of last year’s event, this free summit has been designed as a fun and interactive day with great food, raffle prizes, and opportunities for gay and bisexual men to come together to support one another. Free parking is available for the first 100 participants.
The event will combine innovative breakout sessions with breakfast and lunch, plenaries on topics including stigma, spirituality, nutrition and body image, partner violence, substance use, and healthy relationships. The forum is also designed to enhance the City’s outreach and communication efforts to stem the HIV epidemic, and will include a discussion of high-impact, evidence-based HIV prevention strategies, such as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and the use of antiretroviral treatment for HIV-positive persons to prevent new HIV infections, especially for young gay men at high risk.
“Long Beach is impacted by HIV and AIDS, and continues to have some of the highest rates of people living with HIV/AIDS in Los Angeles County,” said Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer. “The majority of new HIV infections both in the United States and locally are among men who have sex with men. Young men of color are at a significantly elevated risk. We are also impacted by increasing cases of sexually transmitted infections, such as syphilis and gonorrhea.”
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