By Katrina Weston
Guest speakers currently living with the HIV virus spoke at the event, and organizers offered free on-site testing, with immediate results, during the event.
The speakers took the time to take center stage, and educate the community regarding HIV and AIDS.
In addition, Black Mel, the event’s host, also encouraged audience members to get tested.
“It’s very important that you are aware of your HIV/AIDS status,” Mel stated. “As a matter of fact, I am going to get tested right now. How many of you are going with me as well, to get tested? It only takes about 10 minutes to get your results back, and it’s all done discreetly.
Audience members viagra raised their hands, and followed Mel to get tested.
Four DJs also donated their time to the event, including DJ Geda , DJ Hype, DJ Bella, and, last but not least, DJ Big Boy.
They spun the latest hits, and set up musical performances by various local artists from all over the Syracuse area.
F.A.C.E.S has been providing HIV awareness, and prevention services, for communities of color in the Syracuse area since 1993.
The organization’s offices are located at 401 South Ave., on the second floor of the Southwest Community Center.