No Doubts for these Soccer Players

Mariano Trujillo and Michael Lahoud will take an HIV test during the World Cup and National HIV

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The live test kicks off an HIV testing campaign culminating in an
AIDS Awareness Night with Chivas USA on August 29

WHAT              

As many as 22,000 people in Los Angeles are infected with HIV, but don’t know it. Some have no idea they are at risk. Others are fearful of knowing their status. Many are scared of taking the first step and getting tested.

To encourage more people to take the HIV test, Chivas USA players Mariano Trujillo and Michael Lahoud, along with other community leaders, will take the test at the press conference to show how easy it is. They’ll also talk about why it’s important to be tested and to know your HIV status.

“Our message is simple. Get tested and know your status,” said Richard Zaldivar, executive director of The Wall Las Memorias Project, an AIDS education organization. “Always asking yourself What if I am HIV positive? doesn’t answer the question. Knowing your status removes all doubt. And it helps you move forward.” 

The live HIV test is timed to take advantage of the high interest in the World Cup matches and the coming HIV Testing Week that runs June 27 through July 3. It kicks off a testing campaign at locations throughout Los Angeles that will run through August and culminate with an AIDS awareness night at a Major League Soccer game at the Home Depot Stadium between Chivas USA and DC United.

Partners in the effort include The Wall Las Memorias Project, Chivas USA, EraseDoubt, the Mexican Consulate and the Salvadoran Consulate.

WHO               

Chivas USA players Mariano Trujillo and Michael Lahoud
Richard Zaldivar, Executive Director/Founder, The Wall-Las Memorias Project
Representative, Office of AIDS, L.A. County Department of Public Health
Kay Dendy, OraSure Technologies
Representative of the Mexican Consulate

TIME               

Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 2:30pm.

WHERE           

AIDS Monument, Lincoln Park, 3600 Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031

ETC                 

The partnership between The Wall Las Memorias Project and Chivas USA is a joint effort to promote AIDS awareness and HIV testing in the Latino community. The purpose of this initiative is to reduce the stigma of HIV and AIDS and promote a healthy community through awareness, education and testing. The goal is to provide HIV testing to more than 250 individuals and generate awareness and interest among 15,000 soccer fans.