In honor of HIV Testing Day this Wednesday, June 27th, the Screen Actors Guild, the Black AIDS Institute, Artists for a New South Africa, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists and the Beverly Hills/Hollywood branch of the NAACP is spearheading the "1 in a Million Campaign" today in Los Angeles .
The campaign will launch with a press conference and A-list Black celebrities being tested for HIV in front of the cameras. Celebrities expected to participate are Regina King, Hill Harper, Vanessa Williams and Tatyana Ali, among others.
The goal of the campaign is to get 1 million black Americans tested for HIV by December 1, 2008. According to the statement announcing the campaign, AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women between the ages of 25 and 34, and up to 46 percent of black gay men are estimated to be HIV-positive.
“AIDS in America today is a black disease,” said Phil Wilson, founder of the Black AIDS Institute. “Nobody wants to talk about that, and nobody wants to own that. That silence is killing us.”