The All Together Fest, a gospel and jazz music event planned for 5 p.m. next Friday, June 28, under the oaks in downtown Mobile's Bienville Square, is being presented in recognition of National HIV Testing Day. Free and open to the public, confidential HIV testing will be available.
Entertainment will be provided by the following groups: GAP, Shiloh Missionary Baptist Hallelujah Choir, Yvonne Mathews, Henry Clay, Arnold, Malinda Leigh Dance Studio, Cotton Jazz Sax* DJ, United Voices, Gentle Spirits, Wings Of Life Choir with Ms. Inez Spencer, Clown Bk., Gabriel Ezell, Shaulanda Norwood, Living Word, Divine Purpose, Monica Henry, Lynn Mackie, Ashleigh Brown Greer, Men's Group, Dallas Spoken Word, Devon Mason and Wilson 8:1.
Events such as the All Together Fest are held to raise awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic because too many people don't know they have HIV. In the United States, nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in five don't know they are infected, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV.
In Mobile, there is an estimated 2,876 people living with HIV/AIDS, health data shows.
Sponsors of the AllTogether Fest include the Mobile AIDS Coalition, which is comprised of the Mobile County Health Department, Franklin Primary Health Centers, Missing Link Consumer Group, USA Children's and Women's Specialty Clinic and AIDS Alabama South.
Later this week, free rapid HIV testing will be available at the Walgreens location at the Loop in Mobile, 2050 Government St., on June 27 and 28 from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on June 29, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. in support of National HIV Testing Day.
The tests will be confidential and provided at no cost. The Mobile County Health Department, along with other groups, have partnered with the Walgreens pharmacy chain and a coalition of public and private sector groups known as Greater Than AIDS to provide the free testing.
For more information about the AllTogether Fest, contact event coordinator Tyrome Tover, a Peer Mentor for the Mobile County Health Department, at 251-690-8170.
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