Testing USA on the road... an artist's inside view.
Posted Feb 10 2011 12:02pm
By Julie Intartaglia
Testing America at Mt. Rushmore
AIDS worker and photographer Azul Mares-DelGrasso documented the Testing USA Tour 2010. His series is viewable at: http://www.azulsinned.com and were part of the project's blog .
Last year, for the second time, the AIDS Healthcare Foundation sponsored an HIV testing tour of the USA. From January to August 2010, from Seattle to the Navajo Nation, a team of testers boarded a van to go out and meet people while offering free rapid HIV testing and prevention messages. Their approach is a fantastic way to provoke dialogue about HIV and to explain the importance of testing, especially to those who may not have thought about HIV or had access to testing. In every town they visited a partnership was established between the Testing USA Team and a local community center with the goal of gaining the trust of local populations and to integrate on-the-ground institutions in the project for long-term follow-up.
Rosie from Laramie, Wyoming Ron from Nashville, Tennessee