Black Celebrities Raise Awareness By Getting Public HIV Tests
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 ("Heroes"), Hill Harper ("CSI New York"), Hosea Chanchez ("The Game"), Anne-Marie Johnson ("CSI," "JAG"), Rockmond Dunbar ("Prison Break," "Heartland"), Vanessa Williams ("Soul Food"), Howard Hesseman ("Boston Legal," "WKRP in Cincinnati"), Henry Simmons ("Shark") and Regina King ("Ray," "24") 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.
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