Performers Getting HIV Tests to Raise Awareness of Virus Among U.S. Blacks
June 25, 2007
On Monday at the Screen Actors Guild in Los Angeles, celebrities Regina King, Howard Hesseman, and Jimmy Jean-Louis of NBC's "Heroes" will take HIV tests as part of "1 in a Million," a new campaign to raise AIDS awareness among African Americans. The effort's goal is to encourage 1 million black Americans to be tested by Dec. 1, 2008. Also taking part are Hill Harper ("CSI: NY"), stage star Sheryl Lee Ralph, Gloria Reuben of the HBO movie "Life Support" and Tatyana Ali of "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." In addition to SAG, the campaign's sponsors are the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Artists for a New South Africa, and the Black AIDS Institute, whose founder Phill Wilson said, "AIDS in American today is a black disease. Nobody wants to talk about that, and nobody wants to own that. That silence is killing us."
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.