Terry Fluker, an HIV/AIDS activist who has had AIDS since the early '90s, is trying to change that.
latest education and outreach project he
has written, co-directed and produced a play, "Who Me?
HIV/AIDS," which will be staged Sunday at the August Wilson Center
"It's a play about HIV/AIDS awareness education and encouraging people to get treatment and care.
It's personal stories of people living with HIV and AIDS and a mother who lost a son to the disease," Mr. Fluker
It also includes music by local gospel, hip-hop and rhythm and blues artists and performances of hip-hop and creative dance.
is in the cast, along with Nathaniel Williams, Mary Henze, Richard Polk and Ida Starr.
They are not from any local theatrical companies; rather, Mr. Fluker
said, they "are just those who have embraced this HIV and AIDS and have compassion to help educate the community.
"We want to reach everybody as far as HIV awareness," he
"A play like Terry's
is aimed for the general public, but also for young people," he
"It tells them you need to be worried about this ... and that there's hope."
goal is to see them all get tested.
"I think the most interesting thing about the national [anti-HIV/AIDS] strategy is that we've started to talk about reducing new infections to the point of zero.
And a lot of that's going to happen when we have people like Terry
make HIV/AIDS part of the culture."
To that end, people who get tested this week can get free tickets to "Who Me?
HIV/AIDS," which has a $10 admission.
The testing sites are Pittsburgh Aids Task Force
, Persad Center Inc. and Gay
and Lesbian Community Center
Tickets also are available by emailing Mr. Fluker
at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Dorsey's Record Shop, 7614 Frankstown Ave., Homewood.