Impulse Group South Florida, an AIDS prevention project for gay men 18 to 35, will host an HIV testing event 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at Palace Bar, 1200 Ocean Dr.
“We want to challenge our friends to, one, get tested and, two, bring others to get tested as well,” Impulse Group spokesman Gustavo Morán said.
An HIV testing truck will be parked outside the Palace for free testing. “We encourage everyone to come out,” Morán said. “We don’t want people to feel this is an age-restricted thing.”
In April, some in the LGBT community criticized Impulse Group for charging men over 40 $50 to attend a pool party at the Vagabond Hotel in Miami, while men under 40 entered for free.
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After the pool party, South Florida chapter Vice President Ryan Hughes posted on Facebook:
“This is the bottom line: Our funding comes with the directive of reaching the demographic with the highest rate of new infections. That demographic is 18-35, in exchange for entrance we asked those in the demographic to take a survey so we could capture data about our target group that, historically, is difficult to survey. That data will be used to tailor messaging and educational information at upcoming events through the remainder of our 2015 season. We added a grace period of 5 years to that demographic. Everyone over 40 who wished to attend were welcome and we offered the entrance fee at $50 which is heavily discounted from the per/person cost of the event.”
The national Impulse Group project is funded by AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Join Impulse Group South Florida at Palace Bar on South Beach l Miami Beach the morning of Sunday, June 7th from 10:00am to 3:00pm for #iamnotalone where we challenge you to bring a friend, get tested and challenge them to do the same. Those who do get a drink free, on us.
Bring a friend and take the pledge, Share the experience and a cocktail!
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