Program Offers Incentives for Syphilis, AIDS Tests: Concert Tickets Given to Those Who Get Checked
September 5, 2001
People at risk of getting AIDS or syphilis can obtain free tickets (worth $45 each) to see Patti LaBelle in concert in Louisville on Saturday if they undergo free tests for the diseases. Test for Tickets, which has been offered for a month, has attracted people who are normally reluctant to come in for tests, said June Mayfield, coordinator of the county Health Department's HIV/STD programs. Four of the 60 people tested so far have been HIV-positive; one has been positive for syphilis. Among US cities with more than 200,000 people, Louisville ranks 11th in the number of syphilis cases, according to Dr. Melinda Rowe, director of the county Health Department. LaBelle's concert is part of the three-day Kentucky State African American Leadership Conference on HIV/AIDS, to be held Sept. 7-9 at the Kentucky International Convention Center.Adapted from:
09.01.01; Sheryl Edelen
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.