Yesterday’s AIDS.gov blog spoke to the important role of partnerships with an example of two private sector organizations collaborating nation-wide to offer HIV testing. Today, we provide examples of collaboration from the CDC’s Act Against AIDS campaign.
The Act Against AIDS partner Lifebeat is hosting a Know Your Status Stage (KYSS) concert on National HIV Testing Day (NHTD). The KYSS concert is a free music event to promote HIV testing. Attendees who get tested will be rewarded with an exclusive VIP concert experience (To date, 500 people have received tickets to the show). Lifebeat has targeted artists with wide appeal among young urban college-aged Millennials. In addition, through Lifebeat, a HIV testing Act Against AIDS-themed public service announcement (PSA) will air in Times Square on June 26 through June 27.
The 19 Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) partner organizations have organized a Thunderclap in support National HIV Testing Day. Thunderclap is a crowd-speaking platform that helps people be heard by saying something together. Their unified message, which will create a wave of attention on Twitter and Facebook from their supporters, is scheduled for June 27 at 11:00 a.m. Click here to join the NHTD Thunderclap .
AAALI organizations National Council of Negro Women and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation , along with the Community Education Group will host their 6th Annual National HIV Testing Day event from 10: 00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This event, which will offer free, confidential HIV testing, will also provide other health-related information to residents of the Washington-DC area, and will be broadcast live on WHUR 96.3 FM.
These are just a few of many activities happening across the nation around NHTD to promote HIV awareness. We encourage each of you to search this list of local NHTD events to find events that are happening near you, and to register your own events. Whether by hosting in-person events or by amplifying online messages, partnerships can encourage individuals to know their HIV status and take steps to foster their own health and well being.
To find nearby HIV testing, enter your zip code in the HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator. To learn more about NHTD, you can read and share CDC’s NHTD feature page and the AIDS.gov NHTD resource page.
How are you partnering in your community for National HIV Testing Day 2014 and beyond to increase the number of people who know their HIV status?