LOS ANGELES, Calif.–Information about HIV and AIDS will be distributed at the Los Angeles Clippers game at Staples Center tonight in an attempt to reduce stigma surrounding the disease.
Staff and volunteers from the Black AIDS Institute and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will distribute custom informational materials and connect fans with local services at what has been dubbed LOS ANGELES>AIDS game night.
Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas will address the crowd at halftime of the game against the Dallas Mavericks, introducing an NBA>Greater Than AIDS public service message featuring Los Angeles Lakers center Pau Gasol, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford and WNBA player Candice Wiggins, whose father died of AIDS.
Health experts consider stigma a major barrier to stemming the spread of HIV. Early diagnosis and treatment are known to improve the lives of those living with the disease.
LOS ANGELES>AIDS game night is organized as part of a national partnership between NBA Cares, the league’s global community outreach initiative that addresses such issues as education, youth and family development and health and wellness, and Greater Than AIDS, a national movement to respond to AIDS.