Although National HIV Testing Day has passed and we’ve already marked the 30th anniversary of AIDS, that’s no reason to drop attention from it.
HIV testing will take place at Level, 3903 Lemmon Ave., on Saturday, July 16 from 2-10 p.m.
Organizer Auntjuan Wiley said those who get tested will receive free tickets to the fourth annual Hip Hop for HIV concert. The concert — featuring T. Cash, Yung Nation, B Hamp, Dorrough, Doughski G, BMC Boyz and more — is set for Sunday, Aug. 21 at the Palladium Ballroom,
“Our young black MSMs are leading the charge when it comes to the infection rate in Dallas County and it’s time to step up and take responsibility of our own,” Wiley said.
A September 2010 report from the Centers for Disease Control showed HIV infection rates among black gay and bisexual men in Dallas are among the highest in the country. Wiley’s goal is to test 1,000 people on July 16 and he’s asking other individuals and groups to spread the word. Testing is open to everyone.
“Hip Hop for HIV is an innovative way to provide free testing, education and treatment services to the most impacted communities in a safe environment,” he said.