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Preventing HIV by testing together

By Pam Auchmutey | Public Health | Dec. 8, 2011

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Patrick Sullivan (left) and Rob Stephenson are using a grant from the MAC AIDS Fund to pilot Testing Together in Atlanta and Chicago.

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What do Rollins researchers and Lady Gaga have in common? They both want men and women to protect themselves from HIV/AIDs.

The entertainer is the spokesperson for the MAC Cosmetics VIVA GLAM campaign. All proceeds from purchasing VIVA GLAM lipstick or lipglass are donated to the MAC AIDs Fund, which to date has raised more than $218 million to support HIV/AIDs programs globally. A project directed by Patrick Sullivan, associate professor of epidemiology, is among the beneficiaries of the MAC AIDs Fund this year.

Sullivan leads Testing Together, an HIV testing and counseling service that began in Atlanta and Chicago on September 1. Testing Together, which will target 200 male couples in each city over the next year, brings a previous study out of the research setting and into public health practice.

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