In honor of this day, I can’t help but to think about how this disease, HIV/AIDS has affected me and my family. It was the summer of my graduating year from high school. The year was 1992 to be exact, my Grandmother called the entire family into the living room. Coming from a close knit family, her need to talk to us and have a family was nothing out of the ordinary. It wasn’t until I heard her say, my aunt has AIDS. Knowing what the outcome would be, I was devastated hearing those words. My aunt was in her 30’s, recently married, with two young babies and had contracted AIDS from her husband who was living a down-low lifestyle. She wasn’t sleeping around. She wasn’t using drugs. She wasn’t all those things I knew AIDS/HIV to be. Awareness and knowledge of the disease, HIV/AIDS at that time was “it’s a white gay male disease.” We knew very little because know one wanted to talk about it. Currently today, African American women are 2.3 times more likely to be HIV positive than a white male.
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In recognition of and raising awareness to National HIV Testing Day, S.T.A.R. Foundation along with celebrities/public figures and the City of Detroit Mayor’s Office will host a day of events including a community collaboration of HIV testing partnering with Wayne State University Physicians Group, Sinai Grace Specialty Care, Detroit Receiving Hospital, Youthville Detroit, and Horizon’s Project from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the following locations:
Wayne State University Physicians Group
3750 Woodward Ave, Ste. 203
Detroit, Michigan 48201
(313) 966-7601 – Phone
WSU/Sinai Grace Specialty Care
Sinai Grace Professional Building
6001 W. Outer Dr. Ste. 207
Detroit, Michigan 48235
(313) 966-2800 – Phone
Detroit Receiving Hospital/University Health Center**Testing on Tuesday, June 26, 2012**
4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, Michigan 48201
(313) 966-8486 – Phone
Horizons Project **Testing from 12 – 4 pm**
7375 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48202
From noon until 4 p.m., there will be food, fun, music, and youth testing provided by the Horizons Project, and an opportunity for youth to meet and speak with guest celebrities/public figures at Youthville Detroit.
There will be photo opportunities; four lucky young ladies will receive a makeover and a make-up gift bag provided by Motives for LaLa. This is an effort to encourage youth (whom are sexually active) between the ages of 13 to 20 to get tested and stay protected!
At all testing locations, on a first-come-first-serve basis, incentives such as gift cards and bags filled with wonderful goodies will be provided to those who get tested, and this is all being sponsored by MedCart Specialty Pharmacy and BET Rap-It-Up.