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Hollywood Comes to Washington, DC

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 General News J E 4
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Walk the Red Carpet for a Cause -- HIV/AIDS

WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Medical Association (NMA) in collaboration with award winning actor Egypt formerly Devin T. Robinson X of AIDS Awareness Poets, Inc., will host a free movie premier of "God, Me... HIV?" on the eve of World AIDS Day, November 30th at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW in Washington D.C, 6:30 pm EST. The film, an adaptation of Egypt's 2005 one-man show "God Did Not Give Me HIV" will showcase seven confessional narratives about the HIV pandemic. Egypt will fuse his comedic/poetic acting and motivational skills to... entertain, educate, and empower audiences.

The Nation's Capitol has the highest prevalence of HIV/AIDS in the Washington Metropolitan area.  There are 42,000 persons who are living with HIV/AIDS in Washington, DC, which is 200% higher than the entire nation. Eighty-two percent of persons with HIV/AIDS in the Washington Metropolitan area are African Americans and other minorities.

Tickets to the movie "God, Me... HIV?" which is rated PG-13 are free through the National Medical Association. The program, held at the Newseum, includes a reception starting at 6:30 p.m. followed by the screening of the movie premiere. Moviegoers will also have the opportunity to be tested for HIV/AIDS by the Whitman Walker Clinic at no cost.  The evening will end with a question and answer session with a panel of experts.

Founded in 1895, the National Medical Association is the nation's oldest and largest medical association representing the interests of more than 30,000 African-American physicians and their patients. The NMA repeatedly advocates for policies that would assure equitable and quality health care for all people.

SOURCE National Medical Association

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