Lil Wayne & Baby to Perform at AIDS Awareness Concert in Houston
Lil Wayne and Baby are scheduled to headline a free AIDS awareness concert this summer in Houston. According to the Houston Chronicle, the show—organized by State Representative Borris Miles—is free of charge to anyone between the ages of 15 and 30 under one condition. In order to receive their free tickets and qualify for the free transportation to and from the venue, potential concertgoers will have to submit to an HIV test. As of next week, clinics across the city will begin offering free, 20 minute HIV exams to young people. While they wait for the results, they will watch a video on HIV awareness. If their results come back negative, they will be given their concert tickets. Should they test positive for the virus, they will still get their tickets, as well as counseling and referrals for medical attention. Rep. Miles says that the Houston area district that he represents has the highest AIDS rate in the state of Texas. The goal of Mile’s program is to test between 3000 and 6000 youths prior to the concert on June 30. In Houston and Harris County, blacks represent just 18% of the population, but account for 54% of all HIV infections since 1999.