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National HIV Testing event featuring Trick Daddy Concert

BTAN in collaboration with Broward Health, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, City of Lauderhill Officials, YMCA  and several  HIV agencies are coming together to educate our community about the science, treatment and disparity of HIV/AIDS in the minority community. All together we can make this a successful event. Blacks represent 26 percent of Broward’s population however, 47 percent of all HIV cases are Black.

National HIV Testing Day is on June 27th and each year we come together for an annual event to get Black people in the highest areas (33311, 33313 and 33319) affected by HIV/AIDS to come out, get educated and tested. Broward County is #2 in new cases of HIV in the nation. According to the Center of Disease Control and Prevention, one out of every six people living with HIV is unaware of their infections.

At the annual testing event we test about 65 people of the 300 attendees each year. However we are not reaching enough people in areas where stigma is the reason why people won’t get tested. This year we have set a goal to do a testing initiative on a larger scale where we would test about 1,000 people.

To reach this goal, on June 24, 2016 we will be hosting  a concert at Lauderhill Performing Arts Center with the Rapper Maurice Samuel Young, stage name Trick Daddy.

Trick Daddy is a national rapper, actor and producer from Miami, Liberty City.

He has had Billboard hits in the top #1 and #2 spots. His music target Blacks, age group 19-55, the group that we would like to encourage to get tested. HIV/AIDS related illnesses remain one of the leading causes of death among Black people.

As a testing incentive, if a person take a free HIV test from one of the sponsoring agencies, they will be given a FREE ticket to come to the concert went they receive their result. For persons who are positive they will receive a FREE ticket from their medical provider. Dates for testing sites are listed at: https:/browardbtanbag.shutterfly.com/

The planning committee and all of our partners are looking forward to this being a successful event for our Broward County community.

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    Carma Lynn Henry Westside Gazette Newspaper 545 N.W. 7th Terrace, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311 Office: (954) 525-1489 Fax: (954) 525-1861

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