Rocker Travis McCoy Raising Voice for AIDS Awareness
October 9, 2009
Travis McCoy, lead singer of the hip-hop/rock band Gym Class Heroes, is this year's special ambassador for MTV's Staying Alive Foundation (SAF), a youth-focused HIV/AIDS prevention campaign. The disease has touched him personally, having lost someone he loved to AIDS more than 15 years ago.
"Kids look up to my band, and if I can get them to buy a video game or particular brand of Nikes, then I hope I can get them to buy a box of condoms ... I hope that when people see this documentary, it'll make them realize they can do something, whether in their own home, or their community, or on a bigger scale," said McCoy.
SAF was started in 1998. Since 2004, it has given out 161 grants in 48 countries, all to people ages 18-29.
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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.