Hizz Honor apparently isn’t a soccer fan. Mayor Kasim Reed hosts HIV tests at City Hall on Wednesday and holds a presser smack in the middle of the most important U.S. soccer match ever.
There are gay sports fans, after all. And some of them even like soccer — not many, but pair it with beer and they are in.
But the mayor apparently takes health and HIV more seriously than we take soccer. So at about halftime of the U.S.-Algeria match on Wednesday — that’s 11 a.m. for you non-sports fans — Reed will be flanked by Alex Wan, the City Council’s lone openly gay rep, pastors, HIV caregivers and AIDS activists to promote National HIV Testing Day. (It’s actually on Sunday.) Reed is among scores of mayors across the country joining the effort this year.
Once Reed and assembled guests tout the virtues of HIV testing, the National AIDS Education & Services for Minorities will administer tests right there with a rapid oral test. Or at least in private rooms at City Hall. Counselors will be on hand, too, during the testing, which runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
From a press release issued by Reed’s office:
In observance of National HIV Testing Day, which is officially on Sunday, June 27, Mayor Reed has partnered with city council members, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, local health departments, community-based organizations and HIV/AIDS advocacy groups to stress to residents of Atlanta that knowing your HIV status is an essential step in taking control of your life and health. Mayor Reed and the City of Atlanta, in conjunction with their partners will provide on-site testing for the community, encourage Atlantans to know their status, disseminate information on the prevention of contracting the disease and how to gain access to necessary care and treatment services, if infected.