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Today we’d like to introduce you to Philip Yaeger.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I first got involved as a volunteer with AIDS Services Foundation Orange County, which was our organization’s name for its first 32 years. In 1993, a family friend had suddenly passed away from a lung infection that I realized was caused by AIDS. Because of the stigma, our friends had to go through this ordeal without the support of friends and the community. I wanted to do something about this and make a difference for people with AIDS and their families and loved ones.

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Start this Cinco De Mayo with a 5K Walk for a good cause. The 32nd Annual AIDS Walk OC returns to Orange County on Saturday, May 5, starting and ending at William R. Mason Park. The AIDS Walk in OC is one of the oldest in the country. it expects to draw hundreds of people and raise thousands of dollars to support the men, women and children living with HIV in Orange County and it provide resources to prevent the spread of HIV.

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Who could oppose the idea of ensuring patients are never discriminated against by hospitals because of their sexual orientation, their gender identity, or their gender expression? Sadly, the answer is federal health and justice policymakers. High-ranking officials are systematically tearing out even the humblest measures aimed at upholding the basic American values of fairness and equality.

The New York Times reported Saturday that disturbing new rules are coming out of the Department of Health and Human Services, following approval by the U.S. Department of Justice.

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Radiant Indeed
An ASO in Orange County dismantles barriers to care

I know all too well how precious good health is and how any support becomes vital for those diagnosed, as well as their families. Three of my kids have had years of mysterious illnesses during which surviving each day was the only focus. Today, I am still a little triggered upon becoming aware of details of one who has poor health. That doesn’t stop me from learning more, it’s just something I notice. Yet, I was surprised by how moved I felt at the Gala held every January for Radiant Health Centers (RHC) in Orange County, California. Jonathan Sweet and Garrett Brewer were on the planning committee and invited A&U’s Senior Editor Sean Black and me to this night of delicious food and great entertainment.

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After Santa Ana city officials shut down Orange County’s only needle exchange months ago, the program may return as a mobile service in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Orange and Costa Mesa.

The move — pending state approval — would widen the influence of the Orange County Needle Exchange Program, which formerly operated out of the Santa Ana Civic Center until city officials denied the group’s permit application in mid-January, citing an increased number of discarded syringes in the area.

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Rise Above AIDS, together! AIDS Walk OC is gearing up for its 32nd annual fundraising event. Setting a goal to #EndtheEpidemic by 2025, AIDS Walk OC is aiming to raise $350,000, the total surpassed by last year’s event. The event offers a 5 km walk and Red Ribbon 5 km Fun Run, as well as opportunities to support and cheer the participants. Benefitting Radiant Health Centers, funds raised will help men, women, and children impacted by HIV/AIDS in Orange County access vital services, as well as prevention and education efforts in the region.

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As a child, I had a great passion for music, art and fashion. I would break into my mother’s sewing machine and make myself lavish ballroom gowns. Although my mother’s profession basin the fashion industry, my parents never approved of my “fashionable” demeanor… it wasn’t appropriate behavior for a boy. Soon after graduating from fashion school. I packed my bags, kissed my mother goodbye and moved to “The Big Apple,” New York City.

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Radiant Health Centers (formerly AIDS Services Foundation Orange County) provides compassionate care for all, including free HIV testing and other specialized medical and comprehensive social services. We are working to eliminate stigma and overcome health disparities impacting the LGBT community to create a healthy Orange County for all. Clients who come to Radiant Health Centers for testing or care are treated with dignity, respect and, above all, compassion.

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