Supervisor Ridley-Thomas to Kick Off Southern California's Largest HIV Testing Event tomorrow


Chance to Win Prizes Totaling More than $5,000 for Those Who Get Tested

WHAT: Southern California’s largest ever HIV counseling and testing event with up to 10 HIV mobile testing units, along with an afternoon of live music, celebrity appearances and chances for those who get tested to enter and win from a pool of prizes valued at more than $5,000. More than 3,000 people are expected to attend Test-Fest 2009 and 300 to 400 people are expected to get tested.

Some of these prizes include restaurant gift certificates, concert tickets, Chivas USA tickets and a basketball signed by NBA great Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Anyone attending the event can receive a free anonymous HIV
test with results within 30 minutes.

WHO: The office of Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, L.A. County Office of AIDS Programs & Policy and the Magic Johnson Foundation in partnership with CBS Radio L.A., County of Los Angeles Dept. of Parks and Recreation and many other AIDS service organizations.

WHEN: Saturday, July 25, 2009 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas will help officially kick off the event during a ceremony at noon.

WHERE: Ted Watkins County Park (East Century Blvd and South Central Ave) 1335 East 103rd Street, Los Angeles, CA 90002

-Nearly 70 percent of new HIV infections in L.A. County are spread by those who have HIV and do not know it.
– Each year in LA County there are 3,100 new HIV infections.
– One in four Angelenos who have HIV do not know it.

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