Code Red Fashion Show Spotlights National HIV Testing Day – June 27

6/26/2013, 10 a.m.

In observance of National HIV Testing Day this year, HIV Prevention Specialists in the city of Richmond are “Ringing the Alarm,” and seeing red when it comes to the high HIV infection rates in the Richmond Community. On Thursday, June 27, the spotlight will be on the Code Red Fashion Show at Godfrey’s, 308 East Grace Street, from 6 to 10p.m. with free admission to the public, age 18 and older.

Organizers notes that they are excited about putting on the event and see it as an innovative approach to offer HIV testing and education.

“We have been working with partners to come up with a variety of ways to increase testing and risk reduction behaviors within the community," said Pamela Price, supervisor of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) program at the Richmond City Health District. "Getting tested is the only way to know for certain if you’re infected, and knowing your status is a critical step to stopping HIV transmission.”

The Code Red/HIV Awareness Day event will feature a night of performances, Spoken Word, a fashion show and free oral HIV testing and information will be available. There will also be cash prizes and gift-cards for persons who get tested.

The Code Red Fashion Show is presented in partnership with the Richmond STI Coalition, the Richmond City Health District, Minority Health Consortium, the H.E.L.P., Fan Free Clinic and Godfrey’s.

For more information on the event, call 804-205-3736. For information on HIV and STI testing locations throughout Virginia, call the Virginia Department of Health’s Disease Prevention Hotline at 1-800-533-4148.