World AIDS Day event in Orange County

Thursday December 1st marked World AIDS Day, as people worldwide joined together to spread awareness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. With our daily work focused on HIV testing services, medical treatment and care and counseling programs in Orange County, this cause is significant for everyone at Radiant Health Centers. We also observed the occasion with our own event, joining together to remember the people who lost their lives to the disease.

Guests at World AIDS Day event

Radiant Health Centers’ World AIDS Day 2022 Event

The Radiant Health Centers’ World AIDS Day event took place at The 5th Rooftop in Anaheim, Ca. Guests were treated to cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and fireworks on a night that will live long in the memory of our participants. But above all else, the gathering was distinguished by the remembrance of the impact of HIV/AIDS on individuals and families in Orange County and across the world.

The commemoration of those who have lost their lives to HIV/AIDS was symbolized by our Remembrance Tree. Guests were given the opportunity to write the name of a loved one they would like to remember on a tag. The tags were then hung on a red crane on the Remembrance Tree. This striking symbol of remembrance will sit in the Radiant Health Centers offices throughout the year.

Remembrance Tree to commemorate lost loved ones

The Importance of Remembering Loved Ones

As people across the world united in support of World AIDS Day, the opportunity to memorialize loved ones was a key theme. The Remembrance Tree provided a chance to show grief, find healing and inspire others in the fight to end the AIDS epidemic. We encourage others to find a way to commemorate a loved one in a similarly meaningful way.

Radiant Health Centers event donors

We also heard stories from guests who lost friends, family members and significant others. People like Fernando Martinez, who was faced with a lack of adequate services and compassion after his diagnosis, found a voice within the Orange County community, and he strives to help others through his story and wisdom.

As Fernando shared in his speech at the event:

COVID taught me how the Latin community can be left out and dismissed when it comes to services. I decided to keep the community connected with phone calls, visits when possible and accessing information for those that were isolated… My goal is to live fearlessly, to stay grounded – and to help grow the community that we have built and see others use it like I have. My dream is to live my life open and free and show others how to live their authentic lives.

To anyone living with HIV in Orange County, make Radiant Health Centers your healthcare home. We would be honored to share our love, compassion and support for you.

Building on the Progress of World AIDS Day

As the end of the year moves closer, we naturally reflect on events from the past. But it’s also important to consider the progress made in the fight against AIDS-related diseases. At Radiant Health Centers, we continue to improve our services, delivering stigma-free, private consultations, HIV Life Skills Workshops – and reliable treatments for many of the most vulnerable individuals in the Orange County community.

Contact Us for LGBTQ+ Medical Care and Social Services in Orange County

Radiant Health Centers is the leading LGBTQ+ healthcare provider in Irvine. For help with STD testing, HIV treatment, counseling and care programs, contact us today. Call (949) 809-5700 for general inquiries.

Irvine LGBTQ+ donation

Since our founding more than 35 years ago, Radiant Health Centers has been committed to delivering healthcare equity to the LGBTQ+ community in Orange County. Much of the progress that we have made is possible thanks to the generosity of supporters during our Year End Appeal, along with additional donations we gratefully receive throughout the year.

And as we work to ensure LGBTQ+ people can routinely access stigma-free health care, there’s still a long way to go. With donor support, Radiant Health Centers can reach even more people and continue to develop ambitious programs for the people of Orange County.

How to Donate to Support LGBTQ+ Health Care in Orange County

While the Year End Appeal is in full swing right now, we also run various other campaigns, making it easy to offer your support throughout the year.

Year End Appeal

As 2022 draws to a close, many individuals and organizations are looking for opportunities to give to worthwhile causes. The Radiant Health Centers’ Year End Appeal has received strong support because it addresses LGBTQ+ healthcare equity for many in our community. Plus, we have an added bonus – the first $50,000 raised by December 31st will be matched dollar-for-dollar by a generous donor.

To continue to meet patients’ needs, we must continue investing in HIV treatment, youth programs, counseling and more.

Gifts of Stock

Gifts of stock are a great way to maximize your support – and tax benefits. Our stock donation form is available with instructions on how to donate securities.

IRA Charitable Distribution

If you are 70 1/2 or older, you may be eligible to make a qualified charitable distribution (QCD) from your IRA to make a more significant impact and receive additional tax benefits. Please contact your IRA plan administrator to see if a QCD is right for you.

Legacy Planning

Radiant Legacy Partners are those individuals who have pledged a future gift in their estate plan. Several gifting options are available, and recognition for donors is expressed at events and on our Donor Wall.

Donate With Gift Matching

You can donate to Radiant Health Centers at any time of the year through our donation page. Be sure to check if your employer is signed up for gift-matching to increase the impact of your giving.

Corporate Partnerships

Much of the work we do would not be possible without corporate partners and sponsors. Please consider becoming a corporate partner and sponsoring our events throughout the year.

Volunteer Opportunities

And if you would like to volunteer, we have various volunteering opportunities to assist our team. The work our volunteers do simply cannot be underestimated, and it offers a rewarding way to give back to the community.


Do you regularly shop with Amazon? You might not know that Radiant Health Centers is a charitable partner of Amazon. You can shop as you usually do, and by using our link, the popular marketplace will donate a portion of the sale price to us. Learn more at AmazonSmile.

Contact Us With Donation Questions for Our Irvine LGBTQ+ Medical Clinic

Radiant Health Centers is a leading provider of HIV testing and treatment, telehealth, primary care programs, STD testing and counseling in Orange County. Please consider donating to support our services. For all general inquiries, call (949) 809-5700.

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