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CBS News
Magic Johnson's HIV Activism Hasn't Slowed 22 Years Since Historic Announcement [VIDEO]
November 29, 2013

Magic Johnson became the face of HIV/AIDS 22 years ago when he announced to the world he would have to retire from the Los Angeles Lakers immediately to battle the disease. He had no idea at the time what kind of impact his press conference would have.

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Magic Johnson and Friends Discuss Life and HIV
November 23, 2013

Basketball legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson collaborated with OraSure Technologies and the Reed For Hope Foundation on Tuesday to present life. as we know it, a forum about HIV and healthy relationships within the African-American community.

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Maxim Magazine
Magic Johnson Names His Dream Pick-Up Team
November 21, 2013

We caught up with the NBA legend to talk roundball, his ongoing work for AIDS/HIV awareness, and who makes his dream pick-up team. (Kobe and LeBron, you’ll want to listen in.)

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Magic Johnson on AIDS Awareness and the African-American Community
November 19, 2013

On Tuesday, Nov. 19 Magic Johnson was a featured guest on a panel discussion on AIDS/HIV awareness and the African-American community. On Dec. 1, World AIDs Day, BET.com looks at his thoughts on the moment he announced that he was HIV-positive, the progress Blacks have made in spreading awareness and the steps needed to move forward. – Natelege Whaley (Photo: Earl Gibson III/Getty Images).

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Harlem World Magazine
Magic Johnson, Others Participate in World AIDS Day at the Apollo Theatre
November 19, 2013

December 1st marks the 24th World AIDS Day, a day for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.In honor of World AIDS Day, OraSure Technologies, makers of the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test, and the Reed for Hope Foundation will be hosting a panel discussion to talk about healthy relationships and promote responsibility as it relates to sexual health and HIV testing in the African American community.

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JET Magazine
OraSure Campaign Promotes Sexual Health
October 23, 2013

What percentage of Black women account for all estimated new HIV infections among women?

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Young Hollywood
Cringe or Crave with Ross Mathews
October 22, 2013

The YH Studio welcomes the eternally cheerful Ross Mathews to join us for another round of Cringe or Crave! Find out the "Hello Ross" star's thoughts on such items as a Dolce & Gabbana sequined bikini, Uggs, and what to do with a pair of shoes bought by an ex-boyfriend! Ross also gives us some insider scoop on his celebrity besties and reveals the one famous person that left him the most starstruck! Hosted by Nikki Novak (@nikkinovak).

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Atlanta Daily World
Dr. Rachael Ross Leads Celebrity Panel on Sex, Love and HIV at Spelman
October 22, 2013

Sex and relationship issues are always a hot topic, especially in Atlanta. And with the city ranking in the top 10 on the Centers for Disease Control?s list of new and existing HIV/AIDS cases, a conversation about sex, relationship and health is vital.

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The Rickey Smiley Morning Show
Dr. Rachael Ross Discusses The Startling AIDS Statistics In African-Americans [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
October 22, 2013

Dr. Rachael Ross joined "The Rickey Smiley Morning Show" in this exclusive interview to discuss the startling AIDS statistics in African-Americans and tips on prevention. Listen to the audio to hear about new at home testing that can help saves lives. Plus, hear more about what you can do to prevent HIV/AIDS in the Black community.

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Get Out! Magazine
Ross Mathews Spreading The Importance of HIV Testing
October 15, 2013

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David Atlanta
Life As We Know It: Ross Mathews Talks About OraQuick
October 15, 2013

You all know Ross Mathews as the intern on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno or from the round table on Chelsea Lately, but what you might not know about this bright and bubbly personality is that he has a heart of gold. Ross has decided to partner with OraQuick, the at-home HIV testing system, to promote the "Life. As We Know It." campaign to promote status awareness. I got the chance to catch him running in between meetings (Ross is a busy girl!) and we got to talk about the system and why he decided to partner with them.

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Ross Mathews Gets Real About HIV Testing: WATCH
October 11, 2013

Ross Mathews is known for his bubbly personality, but there’s times when even he gets serious – like with HIV awareness. "When I saw the stats that 63 percent of new cases of HIV were gay men it really bothered me," he tells NewNowNext. "We should know – we’ve been exposed to the messaging more than any other community."

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BLAC Detroit
In-Home HIV Testing Company Hopes to Kick At-Risk Behavior
October 4, 2013

OraSure, the maker of the OraQuick Rapid Antibody Test, plans to help fill disease-counseling void with new campaign.

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EDGE on the Net
Ross Mathews Helps Launch First At-Home Rapid HIV Test Kit
October 4, 2013

Ross Mathews, host of the talk show "Hello Ross!" and author of the best-selling book, "Man Up!" teamed up with OraSure on Sept. 27, National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, to launch OraQuick, the first in-home rapid HIV test kit. The event kicks off their "Life. As we know it" HIV testing campaign, to make sure that men who have sex with men (MSM) – the highest at-risk group for HIV – get tested for HIV

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MUSED Magazine Online
OraSure Kicks Off "Life. As We Know It." Campaign Targeting Gay Men & Black Women
October 2, 2013

The makers of OraQuick In-Home HIV Test has released details on a new campaign to encourage open and honest dialogue about sexual health and the importance of learning your HIV status targeting gay men and black women. The “Life. As we know it.” campaign takes a bold new strategic approach to reaching consumers most at risk for HIV through the creation and sharing of relevant content designed to engage consumers in a discussion about topics related to love, sex, relationships and sexual health.

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TV Personality Ross Mathews Speaks Out About HIV Testing
October 1, 2013

Ross Mathews is a man who wears many hats – host of Hello Ross on E!, red carpet reporter, best-selling author, just to name a few. He's interviewed the First Lady, made besties with Gwyneth Paltrow and famously interned for Jay Leno. Since making his mark as the nicest guy in Hollywood, Mathews told Towleroad last Friday that he's setting his sights on something bigger.

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The Morning Call
OraSure Launches Campaign to Raise Awareness About HIV
September 30, 2013

Bethlehem company reaching out to those at highest risk: gays and African-American women.

OraSure Technologies Inc, the Bethlehem-based maker of the OraQuick In-Home HIV Test, on Monday announced the launch of a new campaign designed to raise awareness about HIV.

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The Frank DeCaro Show Hello Ross's Ross Mathews Interview on The Frank DeCaro Show
September 27, 2013

Ross Mathews stops by The Frank DeCaro Show on National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to discuss the importance of learning your HIV status and OraQuick’s new “Life. As we know it.” campaign.

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The 5 Most Common STDs Among Latinos Cosmo Latina
August 21, 2013

It's no secret that sexually transmitted diseases affect Latinos at a disproportionately higher rate than other groups. Here are the five most common ones, along with a guide on how to detect, treat and prevent them. For a full STD guide, click here.

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5 Reasons We Are Not Getting Tested The Relationship Playbook
August 3, 2013

The importance of getting tested for HIV is nothing new. We all know that knowing your status can help prevent the spread of the disease and, if positive, know your status early can help you lead a long, healthy life. African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV and AIDS of any racial/ethnic group in the nation, accounting for almost half of all new infections in the U.S. each year

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NSFW Week: Keri Hilson Talks Her First Time, Safe Sex And Bedroom Moves
July 26, 2013

Keri Hilson is a certified expert in sex appeal. Her first hit single "Energy" offered a complementary visual of the singer/songwriter glistening in sweat and boxing gear, while her sultry follow-up made sure all the fellows came correct in "Turnin' Me On."

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amNew York
Getting Tested Has Never Been Easier
July 9, 2013

June 27 marked the 18th annual National HIV Testing Day. To raise awareness of HIV and HIV testing, Dr. Rachael Ross, a nationally renowned sex therapist and author; and Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actress Keri Hilson have partnered with OraQuick, the first over-the-counter, FDA-approved in-home oral HIV test.

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The Denver Post
HIV Testing Has Never Been Easier But The Fear of Knowing Lingers
July 8, 2013

A harshly lit, windowless room. The stinging smell of rubbing alcohol. The doctor's white coat catching the air as he walked through the door.

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The Grio
Keri Hilson on the Importance of HIV Testing
June 27, 2013

Singer-songwriter Keri Hilson doesn’t just use her voice to belt out soulful lyrics. Today, she’s using that voice to speak up about HIV and the importance of being tested.

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The Root
Keri Hilson: 'YOLO, So Know Your Status'
June 27, 2013

Keri Hilson gets tested for HIV/AIDS every six months, and she's lending her name to a product that will allow you to do the same.

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Heart & Soul
Keri Hilson and Dr. Ross on National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2013

In acknowledgement of National HIV Testing Day, I tried out and reviewed the OraQuick home HIV detection kit. According to the Center for Disease Control, “Black women – more than any other women in the United States – are getting HIV. Of all the women living with HIV in the United States, approximately 66% are African American.

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The Source
SourceTV Exclusive: Keri Hilson Spreads Awareness About National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2013

Today is National HIV Testing Day! Know your status!

In a SourceTV Exclusive, the lovely Keri Hilson stopped by The Source headquarters to help spread awareness and express the importance of National HIV Testing Day. According to the CDC, 1.2 Million people have HIV and 20% are unaware that they are infected.

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Jet Magazine
Keri Hilson Shares Info on Home HIV Testing Kits
June 27, 2013

Health organizations and clinicians across the world are encouraging people to get tested, especially because June 27 is National HIV Testing Day. However, the stigma of making a doctor’s appointment can be nerve-wracking for some, and that’s why Keri Hilson is promoting the first in-home testing kit.

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Know Your Status: It’s National HIV Testing Day
June 27, 2013

The number of African-American women diagnosed with HIV declined by 21 percent three years ago, yet HIV remains a significant issue within the Black community. Today is National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) and this year’s theme is “Take the Test. Take Control.”

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Today is National HIV Testing Day. Here's How to Test Yourself At Home, in Private
June 27, 2013

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/> , there are 1.1 million people living in the United States with HIV – and 1 in 5 of those doesn't even know that she or he is infected.

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[Talk Like Sex] Keri Hilson Says "Get Tested!"
June 27, 20113G

For National HIV Testing Day, Keri Hilson and Dr. Rachel Ross extol the virtues of OraQuick, the new at-home HIV-testing kit. Get tested today!

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Keri Hilson talks about OraQuick® on 106 & Park
June 27, 2013

Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson appears on BET's 106 & Park on National HIV Testing Day 2013 to discuss the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test.

Keri Hilson and Dr. Rachael visit Sway in the Morning to discuss OraQuick®
June 27, 2013

Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson and Dr. Rachael Ross visit with Sway in the Morning on National HIV Testing Day 2013 to discuss the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test.

Keri Hilson and Dr. Rachael Ross discuss OraQuick® with Rickey Smiley
June 27, 2013

Singer/songwriter Keri Hilson and Dr. Rachael Ross visit with Ricky Smiley on National HIV Testing Day 2013 to discuss the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test.

Dr. Rachael Ross talks with Tom Joyner about OraQuick®
June 26, 2013

Dr. Rachael Ross talks with Tom Joyner about the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test for National HIV Testing Day 2013.

Men's Health
Your To-Do List
June 2013 Issue

June 27: This isn't funny. Its National HIV Testing day, so go pick up the OraQuick In-Home HIV test. Its makers claim it will detect 92 percent of infections; we'll take those odds, given the alternative.

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Marie Claire
Quickies: Sex News, Bites & Trends
June 2013 Issue

June 27 is National HIV Testing Day, and for the first time, a DIY test is available: OraQuick, the only FDA-approved, over-the-counter in-home test. In the past, at-home testers had to prick a finger and send a blood sample to a lab. With OraQuick, swabs from your gums are tested, and in 20 minutes you'll know your status. It's available at drugstores for around $40.

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GET RI Magazine
May 9, 2013

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) represent approximately 2% of the US population, yet are the population most severely affected by HIV, according to the CDC. HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for this group in which HIV infections continue to grow; risky sexual behavior being the most common gateway to new infections.

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Get Out! Magazine
May 6, 2013

OraQuick Launches “Make Knowing Your Thing Today” Campaign to Promote the Importance of Knowing Your HIV Status.

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The Doctors
Are You At Risk for HIV?
May 6, 2013

More than 1 million people in the U.S. are infected with HIV, and 20 percent don't know it. Learn life-saving facts about the disease, and why you should get tested as soon as possible.

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The Huffington Post
Verneda White: Would You Post Your HIV Status Online? Why I Publicly Tested Myself for HIV
April 25, 2013

To be honest I never thought I would test myself for HIV. Better yet, I never thought I would test myself for HIV on camera to edit, upload, and share online.

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Out In Jersey
Earvin "Magic" Johnson Helps Kick Off Awareness Campaign, Encouraging Others to Share Their HIV Story
April 17, 2013

OraSure Technologies, the maker of the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test, launched a nationwide awareness campaign and contest to encourage everyone to learn their HIV status.

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Philadelphia Gay News
Pioneering PA Company Launches Testing Initiative
April 11, 2013

One local company has made it possible to learn your HIV status within the privacy of your own bedroom, and recently launched a new effort to encourage healthy living through knowing your status.

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Magic Johnson and HIV: What Is He Planning Next?
April 2, 2013

About 250,000 people in the US have HIV and don't know it. These people are unknowingly responsible for up to 75 percent of new infections. Almost half of new infections are among African Americans.

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PRIDE Magazine
HIV: Erasing the Invisible Line
March-April 2013

I am a professional black woman, which I say with pride and even a little flair. I have multiple degrees, work in a corporate environment, contribute biweekly into retirement funds and quickly plan a girls weekend to Jamaica if someone is heartbroken over an ex-boyfriend.

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Wire Magazine
In-Home HIV Testing
March 28, 2013

It's finally here. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a test kit for detecting the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in the comfort and privacy of your own home. As a member of the Health Advisory Committee for the American Bar Association's AIDS Coordinating Committee, I have strongly advocated for a home HIV test.

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Conan O'Brien Interviews Magic Johnson about OraQuick®
March 25, 2013

Magic Johnson speaks about OraQuick® and the Make Knowing Your Thing Today Awareness Campaign to encourage people to take the important step towards getting tested for HIV.

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KTLA Morning News
Magic Johnson Discusses OraQuick® At-Home HIV Test on KTLA Morning News
March 25, 2013

Magic Johnson speaks about the "Make Knowing Your Thing Today" campaign and the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test.

Magic Johnson talks about OraQuick® and HIV Testing on MSNBC NOW
March 25, 2013

Magic Johnson explains his experience living with HIV and the importance of early detection for the disease. He tells Alex Wagner and the NOW panel, "the name of the game is go out and get tested."

Big Boy's Neighborhood
Magic Johnson Visits Big Boy's Neighborhood/Power 106 to discuss OraQuick® and HIV Testing
March 25, 2013

Magic Johnson speaks about battling HIV, the first FDA approved rapid HIV test, OraQuick®, and why it is important to get tested for HIV.

Tom Joyner Morning Show
Magic Johnson Discusses OraQuick® on The Tom Joyner Morning Show
March 25, 2013

Legendary Laker Magic Johnson talks about the NBA playoffs, March Madness and the new 20-minute HIV home test, OraQuick®.

Rickey Smiley Morning Show
Rickey Smiley Interviews Magic Johnson about OraQuick® and HIV Testing
March 25, 2013

Magic Johnson speaks about partnering with the maker of the OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test and why it is important to get tested for HIV.

Heart & Soul
Testing for HIV AIDS
March 2013

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates the tests that detect infection with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), the virus that cause AIDS. AIDS is a serious disease that can be fatal because the body has lost the ability to fight infections and cancers.

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