In preparation for the 10th anniversary of "National HIV Testing Day," black celebrities and their allies are joining forces Monday, June 25, with Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Artists for a New South Africa and the Black AIDS Institute to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop the spread of HIV in Black communities by getting HIV screenings in front of the cameras.
The group will announce the "1 in a Million" campaign, a call-to-action for 1 million black Americans to get screened for HIV by December 1, 2008 (World AIDS Day). AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women aged 25-34 years, and it is estimated that up to 46% of black gay men may already be HIV-positive, and according to the CDC, there are over 260,000 people in the U.S. infected with HIV who don't know they are infected.
Celebrities including Jimmy Jean-Louis
"), Hill Harper
("CSI New York
"), Hosea Chanchez
"), Anne-Marie Johnson
"), Rockmond Dunbar
," "Heartland"), Vanessa Williams
"), Howard Hesseman
," "WKRP in Cincinnati
"), Henry Simmons
") and Regina King
") have agreed to participate in the unprecedented event, being held at the SAG headquarters (5757 Wilshire Boulevard), to illustrate their personal commitments to ending the AIDS epidemic in Black America.