By Dan Wing
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A concert tomorrow afternoon in University City will try to raise awareness and educate youth about HIV/AIDS by giving away free tickets to anyone who takes an HIV test.
The “Know Ur Status” show starts at 3pm at First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street, and is being headlined by West Philadelphia hip-hop artist Chill Moody, who says the main goal is to raise awareness “and explain it to the youth that this disease is affecting them the most right now, especially in the Philadelphia area.”
Research shows that one in four new HIV infections is of a young person between the ages of 13 and 24.
The event was put together by Bebashi, the first African-American-based AIDS service organization in the country, which is also where the tests and tickets are being given out.
Moody says he hasn’t personally been affected by HIV, but has done work with many people who have.
“More frequently, I met people that were affected by it, that had it. Whether they lost someone or were living with someone who had it, or something like that. So I’ve learned both sides of that story.”
Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $5.