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Bill Clinton Urges Valley Residents to Get HIV Tests

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Bill Clinton Urges Valley Residents to Get HIV Tests

By Kitty Alvarado. CREATED Jan 15, 2014

PALM SPRINGS -   PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON ATTENDED A BREAKFAST IN PALM SPRINGS THIS MORNING...
THE EVENT AT THE DESERT AIDS PROJECT FACILITY WAS PART OF THE CLINTON HEALTH INITIATIVE ...

KMIR'S KITTY ALVARADO WAS THERE:

PRESIDENT CLINTON BEING AT ANY EVENT IS A BIG DEAL. DESERT AIDS PROJECT IN PALM SPRINGS PROVIDES CARE TO PEOPLE IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY LIVING WITH H-I-V....

....A DISEASE OFTEN STIGMATIZED...

SO THEY SAY HAVING CLINTON THERE TODAY HELPED VALIDATE THEIR MISSION.

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON WAS WELCOMED WITH BIG CHEERS AT THIS MORNING'S BREAKFAST AT THE DESERT AIDS PROJECT IN PALM SPRINGS … PART OF THE HEALTH MATTERS INITIATIVE.

BUT CLINTON HAD BIG PRAISE FOR THE NON PROFIT THAT STARTED THIRTY YEARS AGO.

Everyday someone is getting the show on the road and people's lives are getting better and the implications for the whole country are staggering for the whole country.

DAVID BRINKMAN, CEO OF DESERT AIDS PROJECT SAYS HE'S PROUD OF THE ORGANIZATIONS ACCOMPLISHMENTS BUT SAYS THERE'S STILL MORE TO BE DONE

Our goal is to ensure that every member of the coachella valley knows their HIV status , we know our prevalancve rate of HIV is double the national average in our community and that the rate of infection is one every nine minutes.

(stand up) THIS MOBILE UNIT RIGHT HERE WILL BE A GAME CHANGER TO GET TESTED IN THE COACHELLA VALLEY AND FIND OUT YOUR HIV STATUS..

Getting everybody tested for HIV has the potential of saving between 300 to a billion dollars to health care specifically to the coachella valley

BUT THE REAL IMPACT WON'T BE MEASURED IN DOLLARS AND CENTS

We estimate about 1000 people in the coachella valley who don't know it today they're hightly infectious and they're unitentionally passing it to others, but they are also missing the opportunity to get on the life saving medications now available

PRESIDENT CLINTON BROUGHT A LOT OF ATTENTION TO THE SERIOUSNESS OF WHAT DESERT AIDS PROJECT DOES AND LIGHTENED THE MOOD WITH SOME POLITICAL COMPARISONS … THAT'S WHAT CLINTON DOES BEST

the republicans bought the republican houses and democrats bought democrat houses but they lived behind same gate (nat sound laughter)
AND THE MAYOR OF PALM SPRINGS SUMMED IT UP BEST

for overall healthcare costs and your well being we need people to get tested and so I would encourage anyone … it's simple to do we will come to you.