Mantua youth organization hosts free HIV testing

An organization of youth from Mantua, known as Da Bottom 4… or DB4, hosted a HIV screening for Mantua residents on May 10 and May 15. Approximately 50 people showed up at the West Philadelphia Community Center to be tested on those two days. BEBASHI, a full-service HIV/AIDS case management agency in Philadelphia, provided the free testing.

Vinte Clemons, an intern who has been recruiting youth age 14 to 24 to the organization, said, “Awareness has to be present to take action.” Clemons and other active members participated in the testing to set an example, donning DB4 shirts and handing out fliers about the organization.

DB4 was organized as the youth advisory committee for the We Are Mantua! planning initiative. Youth in the new organization have contributed to the planning effort and to a number of projects targeting young people in the neighborhood. They look forward to becoming an independent and sustainable organization, working to bring opportunities to Mantua and advocate for neighborhood youth.

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