Texas: Thousands Treated to Free Concert for Knowing Their HIV/AIDS Status
August 4, 2010
More than 15,000 young people attended Saturday's fourth annual "Hip Hop for HIV" concert at Houston's Reliant Center. Though the show was free, ticket holders had to go through testing and education for HIV, syphilis, gonorrhea, and chlamydia. Clinic sites across the city offered testing to anyone ages 13-40, and Houstonians wanting to see their favorite performers for free responded enthusiastically.
"This year we are so excited because we exceeded our goal by far. We are extremely impressed that the kids came out, are comfortable with the brand Hip Hop for HIV, and are willing to be tested," said Marlene McNeese-Ward, bureau chief for the HIV Prevention Program, Bureau of HIV/STD Prevention for Houston Department of Health. The city co-sponsored the concert with 97.9 The Box FM.
08.02.2010; Nakia Cooper
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.
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