Black Caucus Urges AIDS Testing

Montgomery, AL – The state legislature has not eased up on its dress code, requiring men to wear coats and ties and women to wear dresses or pants suits. But a number of lawmakers did wear black tee-shirts over their suits Thursday to encourage Alabama residents to get tested for AIDS. The tee-shirts were handed out to lawmakers by the Legislative Black Caucus. The shirts said "Got AIDS?" on the front and "How do you know?" on the back. The chair of the House Black Caucus Representative Laura Hall of Huntsville says she hopes the tee-shirts will cause legislators to get tested for HIV. She says if lawmakers were tested, it would encourage their constituents to also find out whether they have AIDS. Hall says Monday is AIDS Awareness Day. Her 25-year-old son, Darren, died of AIDS in 1992.