Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco) (02.17.12) - Thursday,
On Feb. 23, health officials will host a public kick-off of a
new campaign to encourage regular HIV testing for sexually
active black gay and bisexual men. Ads for "Testing Makes Us
Stronger" were rolled out this month and feature both single
black men and male couples.
At the event, health officials from the Alameda County Public
Health Department and CDC will explain the goals behind the
ads and introduce several people who helped create them.
The $2.4 million campaign is part of CDC's broader Act Against
AIDS initiative, which began in 2009, and specifically focuses
on gay African-American men. The new ads are running in gay
and black neighborhoods in six cities: Oakland, Atlanta,
Baltimore, Houston, New York City, and Washington, D.C.
Speakers on hand will include Kabir Hypolite, director of the
county's Office of AIDS Administration; Rashad Burgess, chief
of the Capacity Building Branch at CDC's Division of HIV/AIDS
Prevention; and Duane Cramer, a photographer who helped
develop the campaign.
The 1:30-3 p.m. event will be held at the African American
Museum and Library at Oakland, 695 14th St.