Adrian Florido Community Health Reporter

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Adrian Florido is KPCC's Community Health Reporter.

Prior to joining KPCC, Adrian worked as a reporter for the Fronteras Desk at public radio station KPBS in San Diego, where he covered the U.S.-Mexico border, immigrant and tribal communities, demographics, and culture.

Before that Adrian worked as a staff writer at Voice of San Diego, where he reported on San Diego neighborhoods, immigrant and under-served communities, as well as development, planning, land use and transportation. For a year, he delivered a weekly television segment on NBC San Diego.

Adrian is a Southern California native who earned an undergraduate degree at the University of Chicago. He majored in history with an emphasis on the U.S. and Latin America. In college he was news editor at the student paper, the Chicago Maroon, and also spent time reporting from Capitol Hill and working with the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders.

When he's not reporting, he's out running, seeking out good coffee or listening to good music. He has a special affinity for Son Jarocho, a traditional music from the Mexican state of Veracruz. He travels there as often as possible to learn from old-time musicians.

Stories by Adrian Florido

Billboard confronts parents of black gays with HIV

The nonprofit responsible for the billboard wants African-American parents to talk to their gay sons about the risk of HIV.

Half of gay and bisexual men with HIV not in treatment, study says

The CDC also finds just 42 percent had lowered their level of the virus enough to stay healthy and sharply cut the risk of passing on the disease.

Play explores tragedy and healing in Santa Ana's immigrant community

The Long Road Today includes about 100 cast and crew, made up mostly of Santa Ana residents. Their stories are woven into the play's plot.

Advocates sue California over Medi-Cal backlog

Advocates allege that in delaying its approval of Medi-Cal applications, the state has illegally forced hundreds of thousands of poor Californians to go without insurance or forego medical treatment.

High demand again for LA's annual free health clinic

Organizers of the fifth annual free clinic at the L.A. Sports Arena expect to treat 4,000 people over the four-day clinic, compared with 3,000 last year.

Bill passes granting California workers paid sick days

If signed by the governor, AB 1522 will require most California employers to give workers at least three paid sick days a year.

Porn production on hold after actor tests positive for HIV

This is the third time in the last year porn shoots have been put on hold over an HIV scare. A law passed by L.A. County voters requires actors wear condoms during porn shoots.

Activists push to end ban on gay men donating blood

Nearly 50,000 Americans signed a petition asking the FDA to end its 30-year ban that prevents gay and bisexual men from donating blood.

Activists push to end FDA ban on gay men donating blood

The Red Cross and the AMA also call for an end to the ban, saying it is based on outdated science.

Participation still low in blood testing program for Exide neighbors

Nearly five months into the six-month program to test thousands of Exide neighbors for lead contamination, only 160 people have been tested.

In East LA, a clinic specializes in saving diabetics' limbs

Diabetics in low income neighborhoods like East L.A. are up to ten times more likely to have a limb amputated than diabetics in wealthier neighborhoods. The New Hope Podiatry Group is one of a number of clinics that try to change that equation.

West Nile Virus returns to Los Angeles County

Two cases of the mosquito-borne disease are the first reported in Los Angeles County this year.

Campaign encourages blacks and Latinos to check their blood pressure

A South L.A. nonprofit is conducting an outreach effort and providing free hypertension screenings through August.

Despite health claims, sports drinks unhealthy, says study

Researchers at UC Berkeley analyzed the ingredients of popular energy and sports drinks like Red Bull, Gatorade and Vitamin Water.

OC cases of mercury contamination highlight dangers of skin lightening

Up to 40 people were exposed to dangerous levels of mercury after women in six households used skin lightening creams laced with the toxic metal.