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Board of Health to Host Festival to Promote HIV/AIDS Awareness

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 14, 2022

DECATUR, Ga. – The DeKalb County Board of Health will be hosting the Rock the Ribbon Festival this Saturday, Dec. 17, from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. in the Covington Place Shopping Center, located on Covington Hwy. in Decatur.

The Rock the Ribbon Festival is a community event to promote HIV/AIDS education, prevention, and support of people living with HIV/AIDS in observance of World AIDS Day in December.

Junior of Magic 107.5/97.5 and the Steve Harvey Morning Show will be hosting this fun-filled event. There will be fun for all ages including free food, music, circus acts, bounce houses, games, and more. Guests will have the chance to win prizes when they Rock the Ribbon and Rock the Mic in the karaoke showcase throughout the afternoon. 

“While we want the community to have an amazing time, it’s also important we take this opportunity to educate a captive audience,” reminds Jil Swift, HIV/STD Prevention Program Coordinator.

The community can take advantage of free onsite HIV testing, at-home test option, PrEP services, free vaccinations, and a number of health and wellness resources offered by partnering organizations. Incentives will be given to those who take the HIV test on-site while supplies last. Each hour of the Rock the Ribbon Festival, a person living with HIV will share their journey and the importance of knowing your status. 

DeKalb County currently ranks second in the state for HIV cases. The Board of Health has it made a top priority to combat HIV through initiatives such as free STD/HIV testing, the DeKalb PrEP Clinic, distribution of prophylactics, and educational programs. For those who are living with HIV, the DeKalb County Board of Health Early Care Clinic provides antiretroviral therapy for HIV, as well as comprehensive primary care.

For more information on the Rock the Ribbon Festival, visit rocktheribbondekalb.com or call
404-270-2415. For more information on the Board of Health’s HIV/STD prevention programs and services, visit dekalbpreventshiv.com or call 404-294-3700.

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