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Celebrities to promote HIV testing

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In an effort to encourage more HIV testing, The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Black AIDS Institute recently partnered with MTV to launch the Greater Than Aids campaign which highlights local initiatives to stop the spread of the disease.

The campaign will use celebrities to speak through various media about the importance of HIV testing and will host free testing events in 10 major cities across the U.S.

Some of the events include a radio special hosted by Steve Harvey, celebrity appearances on MTV, and free or low-cost testing offered at Planned Parenthood locations across the country.

Frank Oldham, president of the National Association of People With Aids, said that many individuals downplay the importance of STD testing or avoid seeking tests out of shame or fear. However, he said it should be a regular part of people's health regimens.

"Testing is about community. We will never get the HIV epidemic under control until everyone understands that we are all in this together," Oldham said.

The events are planned as a lead-up to National HIV Testing Day, which will be June 27.

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