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On June 27, many local health centers, churches and community organizations across the country held events for National HIV Testing Day.   This important day was designated to make people more aware and to get tested to know their status. However, the mission continues  each day to educate and make people aware of the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Elev8  will feature remarkable advocates and outstanding people who are fighting and raising their voices in our communities to touch and saves lives.

Rae Lewis Thornton is living with AIDS.  In 1986, she surprisingly discovered she was HIV positive after volunteering to donate blood at the local DC Red Cross center.  She was only 23 years old.   Taking a bold step, Thornton made the decision to speak out about HIV/AIDS and was featured in Essence Magazine in 1994.  Since that time, she has become an activist and goes across the country speaking to people about HIV/AIDS.

Check out her story:

Rae Lewis Thornton- The Face of AIDS Part 1 and 2