AHFs Magic Johnson Testing America Tour, a six month, 48 state national cross country HIV testing tour, arrives in Charlotte, North Carolina and will offer free HIV testing, along with local partner the Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium, today Tuesday, March 9th at Greater Mt. Moriah Baptist Church, 727 West Trade Street, from 12:00 noon until 6:00 pm. AHF is also partnering with the Gaston County Health Department to offer free HIV testing in Gastonia outside of the Compare Foods in Dixie Village Shopping Center, 2573 W. Franklin Blvd., on Wednesday, March 10th from 2:00 pm until 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend. The testing will take place on AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHFs) new, state-of-the-art Testing America mobile HIV testing unit named in honor of and in partnership with basketball legend Earvin Magic Johnson, Jr.
The AHF/Magic Johnson Testing America tour is part of a collaborative effort to raise local and national awareness about the importanceand easeof HIV testing and to challenge attitudes about moving toward a streamlined model of HIV testing and counseling nationwide. AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is proud to continue its second HIV Testing Tour across the US after the successful completion of its recent and ambitious 14 city AHF Magic Johnson HIV Testing Caravan in mid-2009.
Working with respected local partners, including the Regional HIV/AIDS Consortium and the Gaston County Health Department, we plan on demonstrating just how easy HIV testing can be. At each stop along the way on this nationwide tourincluding Jacksonvillewe will host or participate in free mobile HIV testing events and media events to raise awareness about the importance of testing, said Azul Mares-Del Grasso, Field Services Manager, National HIV Testing Tour, AHFs Public Health Division. After six months on the road, our Testing America tour culminates with a major testing event in New York City on Sunday, June 27thNational HIV Testing Day.