Saturday, June 27, 2009

Nat'l HIV Testing Day is here! GET TO KNOW YOU!

Bag Ladies has been pushing the message all week of getting to know you and getting to know your status. We produced a week long show series that ended yesterday and an event on Thursday to celebrate efforts and further raise awareness regarding Nat'l HIV Testing Day which is today. We mentioned on yesterday's show, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation Magic Johnson HIV Testing Caravan which will be posted up in DC both today and tomorrow. DC has one of the fastest growing rates of new HIV/AIDS cases of anywhere in the country so empower yourself and take control of your health and wellbeing and get to know your status. The details regarding DC stops are below. Bag Ladies will see you there cause we ain't pointing the finger. The importance of getting tested applies to us too! The message isn't about changing your ways's about simply making sure you're safe about it and you take responsibility for your actions. You'll b e so glad you did!

On Saturday, June 27th—National HIV Testing Day—AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) Magic Johnson HIV Testing Caravan will arrive in Washington, DC after a successful, three week, fourteen city cross country HIV testing tour that took the group through several hard-hit Southern U.S. cities and states to raise awareness about the importance—and ease—of HIV testing.

The HIV testing caravan culminates with its arrival in Washington with two free HIV testing events set for Saturday, June 27thand Sunday June 28th Free testing will take place at the Caribbean Festival from 1pm to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday (Banneker Recreation Park, 2500 Georgia Avenue, NW) and on Saturday in the Washington Highlands neighborhood of Ward 8 (4226 4th Street SE, Washington DC 20032, cross street: Chesapeake) from 1pm to 5pm.

Local partners in the District of Columbia for these HIV testing events include the Caribbean Carnival organizers, City-Gate, Peaceoholics, and the Carl Vogel Center, an HIV/AIDS treatment center where people may be referred for care as needed.

The testing caravan is an ambitious effort to boost AIDS awareness and HIV prevention and testing efforts in some of the hardest hit regions of the United States. The caravan includes in one of AHF’s popular AHF Mobile HIV Testing Units, which are named in honor of and partnership with HIV positive basketball legend Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr. and actor and AIDS advocate Blair Underwood. The tour kicked-off in Los Angeles on Monday, June 8th and culminates with the caravan’s arrival in DC on Saturday morning. AHF is permanently relocating one of the mobile testing units from Los Angeles to D.C., to provide free, easy-to-access rapid HIV testing in various neighborhoods throughout the nation's capital, where it was recently reported that the HIV prevalence rate has surged past 3%-higher than in Lagos, Nigeria.

-- Bag Ladies