ANSA is currently working in collaboration with The City of Los Angeles HIV Testing Initiative, which aims to significantly increase the number of people who get tested for HIV.
The main goals of the HIV Testing Initiative for 2008 through 2010 are:
- Get one million Los Angeles residents tested over this three year period
- Make HIV testing and counseling more routine and attainable to city residents
- Increase the number of HIV positive individuals who know their status, resulting in earlier treatment and the prevention of transmission
- Help determine locations where programs, services, and funding could be better allocated
- Integrate routine rapid HIV testing programs into a variety of traditional and non-traditional testing venues
- Emphasize the value of rapid testing for accessing hard-to-reach populations
- Expand testing in communities of color
- Increase awareness of the importance of HIV testing for the entire population
ANSA works with the City of LA AIDS Coordinator's Office to further these goals through strategic and creative planning as well as by arranging the participation of noted performers in press conferences, interviews, and special projects. ANSA's involvement is helping to garner increased attention for this much-needed initiative, which helps get crucial information about testing and counseling to more Los Angeles residents.
In June 2009, ANSA and partners produced television Public Service Announcements in both English and Spanish featuring Erika Alexander, Natalie Morales, Alexandra Paul, and other actors. These PSAs will broadcast throughout the greater Los Angeles area, encouraging women of all ages and backgrounds to get tested for HIV.
In June 2008, ANSA Board Member Jurnee Smollett joined elected officials as spokespeople at a press conference announcing the City of Los Angeles' HIV Testing Initiative. The press conference and testing event took place in Nickerson Gardens and coincided with National HIV Testing Week. ANSA co-sponsored the event.