Nina Parker, Karen Civil, Don Benjamin, Amber Rose Join the “Know Your Status” Aids Tour [Events]

Aids Health Foundation

By Jack Barnes


  • 1 in 4 sexually active young women are living with an STD
  • Chlamydia and Gonorrhea are the most commonly reported STDs in the U.S.
  • 10 million young adults in the U.S. alone contract an STD each year

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) announced the launch of the Know Your Status Tour (KYST), a multi-city mobile campaign geared towards educating college students on the importance of safe sex, taking the proper precautions to avoid contracting STDs, and if already infected, how to combat and live a normal, day to day life. The AFH Youth Task Force will team up with Social Media Influencers and Pop Culture Influencers Nina Parker, Karen Civil, Don Benjamin, Amber Rose, Sibley, Cordell Broadus, Jacquees and more, to reach even more college students across the nation while on tour.
The highly anticipated KYST kicks off on Wednesday, April 12th at FAMU in Tallahassee, Florida, with second and third stops at Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta on Thursday, April 20th and Texas Southern University in Houston on Wednesday, April 26th (see list of talent/participants below). Chris Grace, Founder of the KYST Program, creatively meshed the worlds of social impact with sexual education by having respected influencers on the KYST to create an environment of comfort and familiarization to encourage open dialogue.

“Each year, 12 million young people contract an STI and there is an undeniable urgency to target safer sex messages that are interactive, engaging, and relevant to their lives and experiences. With the Know Your Status Tour, we are doing our part to educate our youth on the importance of being tested regularly for STIs and help them form good sexual health habits that they can take with them long into adulthood,” Grace explains.

The tour will feature celebrity panel discussions, breakout discussions, specialized school activities, social media pledges and musical performances by influential artists including Epic Records’ Hip-Hop artist Kent Jones (DJ Khaled/We the Best Music Group). Students who participate in STD and HIV testing will receive a custom t-shirt and be eligible to win prizes including: 1) $5,000 student scholarship, 2) Pimp My Dorm Room for participating schools, and 3) Tablet giveaway for each campus.

The KYST Schedule

4/12/17: Tallahassee – FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University)
Nina Parker – Moderator
Kent Jones – Performer
Jacquees – Panelist/Performer
Cordell Broadus – Panelist
Chris Grace – Panelist4/20/17: Atlanta – CLARK ATLANTA UNIVERSITY
Karen Civil – Moderator
Kent Jones – Performer

Jacquees – Panelist/Performer
Cordell Broadus – Panelist
Nina Parker – Panelist
Don Benjamin – Panelist
Sibley – Panelist
Amber Rose – Panelist4/26/17: Houston – TEXAS SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY 
Karen Civil – Moderator
Kent Jones – Performer
Cordell Broadus – Panelist
Nina Parker – Panelist
Don Benjamin – Panelist
Amber Rose – Panelist

To learn more about The KYST and AHF Youth Task Force, please visit

AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF), the largest global AIDS organization, currently provides medical care and/or services to over 720,000 individuals in 38 countries worldwide in the US, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, the Asia/Pacific Region and Eastern Europe. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website:, find us on and follow us

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