According to an Oct. 21 post from Yahoo! Sports, UFC bantamweight contender Liz Carmouche and UFC Hall of Famer Forrest Griffin will serve as spokespersons for the UFC's upcoming HIV and AIDS Awareness campaign.
"There's a feeling of invincibility that comes with being young, with being fit and in the prime of your life," Carmouche said. "But I learned when I was in the Marines just like I've learned as a UFC fighter that no one is invincible, and that you have to project yourself at all times."
The campaign, which will include fighter appearances and public service announcements, will be rolled out leading up to Worlds AIDS Day on Dec. 1.
"I had 15 fights in the UFC Octagon during my career, and before each and every one of them, I had an HIV test," Griffin said. "I'm encouraging everybody to show themselves and their partners the same respect I showed my opponents by getting tested and protecting themselves at all times."
The UFC's campaign will urge people to take an HIV test and to practice safe sex.
"As someone who grew up in the 1980s and saw the virus beaten back with education in the 1990s, I was stunned to learn from our friends at The Center that HIV is still having such a dramatic impact on young people," UFC chief operating officer Lawrence Epstein said. "No other sport reaches the under-35 demographic like the UFC does and the UFC felt a duty to try and do something about this situation.
"It gives me great pride to announce the UFC will be partnering with The Center, LBGTQ+ and other organizations for a project we are calling 'Protect Yourself At All Times.' This will be a local, national and, ultimately, international campaign designed to educate the UFC’s vast core audience of under 35s about the realities of HIV."
Props to Carmouche, Griffin and the UFC for stepping up to the task to make positive changes and raise awareness on this serious issue.