Knowing your status is crucial – the CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV but 18 percent are unaware of their status; that’s about 200,000 people. Many new HIV infections are caused by people who don’t know their status and HIV treatment is most effective when started early.

Haven’t been tested in a while? Not sure if you’re HIV positive? You can get tested for free, courtesy of One Atlanta: The Mayor’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Someone Cares Atlanta, and Midtown Moon.

On Friday, September 27 – in recognition of National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – you can go to Midtown Moon to receive free HIV, STI, and Hep C testing.

Along with free HIV tests, the sponsor organizations are offering free haircuts by Master Barber Tim Clarke and PrEP supportive services. A pair of tickets to this year’s Mayor’s Pride Reception, which is already sold out, will also be given away every hour.

The event lasts from 7 pm to 10 pm at Midtown Moon (1492 Piedmont Ave NE). Free parking is available on site.

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