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CDC HIV/AIDS/Viral Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update
CALIFORNIA: Oakland Event Celebrates New HIV Campaign
Matthew S. Bajko
February 23, 2012
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.