HIV / AIDS Summit & Policy Accomplishments

Anthony is recognized throughout Los Angeles County as a leader in HIV / AIDS public policy. The Pasadena Health Department awarded him The Andrew Escajeda Humanitarian Award on World AIDS day for his public policy work. For the past nine years, he has convened the highly respected San Gabriel Valley HIV Action Summit at City of Hope Hospital. Each year the summit has focused on critical issues facing HIV / AIDS treatment more than three decades after its discovery. Anthony has featured Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the doctor who isolated the virus, and Dr. Alexandra Levine, Chief Medical Officer at City of Hope and a member of President Clinton’s HIV Advisory Council. In addition, Jake Glazer, Herb Schultz and Mondo Guerra have given keynote addresses.

Past summits have focused on public health policy. The City of Oakland and the City of Pasadena have shared their cutting edge HIV public policy expertise. A highly respected media panel was convened to discuss HIV and the media in year 30 of the epidemic. And, most recently, 150 high school students were brought together to conduct a special HIV program for youth.

In addition to the summit, Anthony has been featured on World AIDS Day in Los Angeles, and Anthony, along with the Pasadena Public Health Department, has done a public HIV testing day in Pasadena. Today, several hundred people know their HIV status thanks to Anthony’s outreach efforts.

Anthony has successfully authored laws to bring more federal dollars to California to fight AIDS and to streamline the HIV testing process. His work has brought him appreciation from HIV patients, public health advocates and the nonprofit community.

HIV Bills Authored by Anthony and signed into law:

AB 2899 HIV AND AIDS COUNSELING - Requires Department of Public Health to develop an HIV counseling program.

AB 221 HIV TESTING: SKIN PUNCTURES - Exempts specified HIV counselors from phlebotomist certification requirements.

AB 2541 HIV: MONITORING AND FUNDING - Helps California draw federal funding by ensuring all cases of HIV are included in names-based conversion.