Newark and Emmis Communications’ Hot 97 launched the “Newark Getting to Zero” initiative this week to raise HIV awareness.
The campaign drives efforts towards reducing new HIV infections, AIDS-related deaths and stigma and discrimination for those living with HIV/AIDS in Newark. The initiative runs through Sept. 18.
An estimated 5,830 Newarkers are living with AIDS and one in eight individuals is not even aware of his or her positive status.
Several sites throughout Newark, including the city’s Mary Eliza Mahoney Health Center, now offer free rapid HIV testing. During the campaign, Newarkers will be encouraged to access these services.
As an incentive to encourage young people to get tested, there is an opportunity to win two tickets to the Drake and Future concert being held at the Prudential Center in October. The winner’s name will be announced at the end of the campaign.
Free HIV testing sites will be set up at six sites across Newark. Go to www.ci.newark.nj.us for more information.