• Division of HIV and STD Programs Division of HIV and STD Programs


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Mission Statement

To respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles County by preventing its spread, maximizing health and social outcomes, and coordinating effective and efficiently targeted services for those at risk for, living with, or affected by HIV.


Community Review Panel Job Description

The Community Materials Review Panel reviews HIV/AIDS prevention education printed, audiovisual or electronically reproduced materials, including social marketing materials and web sites. The task of each panelist is to consider the appropriateness of messages within HIV prevention education materials designed to communicate with various populations living with or at risk for HIV infection.

Community Review Panel Composition

Panelists should represent a reasonable cross-section of the general population inLos AngelesCounty. Panelists should have the expertise in the cultural sensitivities and language of the intended audiences so as to be able to consider the appropriateness of messages.

Panelists should also understand how HIV is and is not transmitted; and understand the epidemiology and the extent of the HIV/AIDS problem in the local population and the specific audiences for which materials are intended.

Panel Activities

Panelists review HIV/AIDS education materials, including pamphlets, brochures, fact sheets, forms (e.g., pre-/post-tests and risk assessments) and curricula. Panelists must consider the appropriateness of messages within the materials. This translates into reviewing for community standards of appropriateness, not necessarily content.

Panelists will review educational materials based on the following criteria:

  • Accuracy of HIV related information;
  • Suitability for reaching the target population(s);
  • Readability / literacy level; and
  • Conformity to accepted community standards of decency.

** Potential panel members must be residents of Los Angeles County**

* All materials are received from community agencies and forwarded/returned to/from panel members via e-mail.*

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