In honor of World’s AIDS Day, Mariah Carey, DJ Khaled, Ne-Yo and Debbie Allen joined forces to help those in need.
On Thursday, to commemorate World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and celebrate the 30th anniversary of AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the artists performed at Los Angeles’ The Shrine Auditorium. The free concert was the first of many that will travel to Haiti, Mexico City and throughout the United States to spread awareness about the immunodeficiency virus, first discovered in 1981.
“It’s not an everyday occurrence to have a group of the world’s most talented stars put on a free concert to draw attention to the ongoing fight against HIV/AIDS,” said AHF President Michael Weinstein.
Allen’s students from the Debbie Allen Dance Academy put on a performance while Khaled performed a set with Ne-Yo.
“As we look back on how far we’ve come over the last 30 years, modern medicine has made enormous leaps and bounds so that now, if you are in treatment and undetectable, you cannot spread HIV/AIDS,” Weinstein added.
“AHF is more determined than ever to hold the U.S. and the international community accountable to keep their promise to end the global AIDS epidemic so that people around the world know to be tested, learn their status and have access to resources to the medications and resources needed to keep people living with HIV in treatment and healthy.”
Currently more than 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV today, and 1 in 7 of them don’t know it, according to HIV.gov.