Prominent Pittsburghers in video to raise awareness for HIV testing
November 30, 2016 12:20 PM
A still from a video promoting testing by AIDS Free Pittsburgh.
Several prominent Pittsburghers have teamed up for a new video urging awareness of HIV testing.
The video, released today, is narrated by local artist Vanessa German and shows Pittsburgh drag performer Alaska actually getting a test. “That, like, doesn’t hurt at all,” said the winner of the fifth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” after his finger is pricked.
Television and film actress Tamara Tunie, who grew up in Homestead, also advocates for HIV testing, as do mayor Bill Peduto and county executive Rich Fitzgerald.
The mission of AIDS Free Pittsburgh, which released the video, is to eliminate new AIDS diagnoses in Allegheny County and reduce new HIV infections by 75 percent by 2020.
Because an 1 in 8 Americans who are HIV-positive do not know their status, the group advocates testing as a powerful means to stop the spread of the virus.
There are 2,830 people with HIV in Allegheny County, according to the state Department of Health. About 130 new cases in Allegheny County are diagnosed each year.
AIDS Free Pittsburgh is managed by the Jewish Healthcare Foundation and financial supported by the Allegheny Singer Research Institute and UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside.
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