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UNITED STATES: CDC's 'Testing Makes Us Stronger' First Federal Campaign Focused on Gay Men


Georgia Voice (Atlanta) (11.29.11) - Monday, December 05,

CDC recently launched a new public awareness and education campaign to encourage HIV testing among black men who have sex with men (MSM) ages 18-44. The new $2.4 million "Testing Makes Us Stronger" campaign is part of CDC's national "Act Against AIDS" testing and prevention initiative.

"This is the first time the federal government is focusing a national campaign on gay and bisexual men and to black gay and bisexual men," said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of CDC's National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention.

CDC worked closely with black MSM on the campaign, said Fenton. A key goal is to empower these men to be "safe, wiser and stronger," he said.

Testing Makes Us Stronger will include: *Online and magazine ads in black MSM-targeted and mainstream media outlets.

*Billboard, transit and print ads in six US cities where black MSM are especially hard-hit by HIV/AIDS.

*A website ( that includes a campaign overview, listing of local events, graphics and resources, testing site locator and basic HIV/AIDS information.

*A Facebook page ( encouraging users to interact and get others to take charge of their health, with regular video updates, event listings and posts to start conversations.

*Twitter updates and related events shared through @AIDSgov, @HIVTalk and partner accounts.

*Promotional materials, including downloadable content for use locally.

*On-site outreach, promotional material distribution and related advertising at Black Pride events in 15 cities.


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