Leo Borjon Leaves ARA’s Clinic Staff. Najee Boucher, M.D. Joins the Team

Najee_Boucher_200 Leo Borjon, a longtime member of the clinic staff, is leaving the organization to pursue a degree as a Physician’s Assistant. Before joining ARA, Leo was a Spanish-English interpreter and researcher in the UCSD Medical Center - Hillcrest and Palomar Pomerado Health emergency rooms in San Diego. Previously, Leo spent two years in Mexico on a church mission. There, he visited with people in their communities – witnessing living conditions and lifestyle choices that severely... Read More

Why Does Michael Donate to ARA Every Month?

Michael_N_AAN_KU_SE_Wildlife_Sanctuary_200 Michael Williams lives in the Netherlands and travels to exotic places like the Naankuse wildlife sanctuary in Namibia, where he took this photograph with one of their three (friendly) rescued cheetahs. Michael has an international outlook, but every month, he gives to AIDS Research Alliance, located in downtown Los Angeles. Recently, I asked Michael what inspired his generosity to AIDS Research Alliance. He answered, “I had two twin cousins in my family, one of whom... Read More

Emmy Award Winner LeVar Burton to Appear at RENT Fundraiser

Rent_ARA_postcard_option1_200x150 On Friday evening, June 14th Emmy Award winner LeVar Burton will appear at the Opening Night of RENT at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood. A portion of the proceeds from this performance and the following performances on June 15th and 16th will benefit AIDS Research Alliance. Burton has been ARA’s national spokesperson for two years, and he has served on its Board of Directors for almost one year. RENT will run on Friday &... Read More

Prostratin Moves Forward: New Scientist Joins ARA’s Cure Research Team

Stefanie_Homann_200 After an extensive search that attracted candidates from around the world, AIDS Research Alliance has hired Stefanie Homann, Ph.D. to lead its research team and advance its HIV cure research. Dr. Homann joins ARA from the laboratory of Dr. John Guatelli, M.D., Division of Infectious Diseases at the University of California, San Diego. In Guatelli’s lab, Dr. Homann conducted postdoctoral research on HIV infection – performing both ex vivo and in vitro experiments... Read More

HIV Infection Rates in Latinos and Why We Need a Vaccine

latinohiv For more than three decades, HIV/AIDS has had a tremendous impact in communities around the world and in the United States, including the Latino community in Los Angeles County.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in 2009 (the year of the most recent data available from the CDC), Latinos accounted for 20% of the new HIV infections while representing approximately 16% of the total US population. The HIV infection rate among Latinos in 2009 was... Read More

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