Today is National Black HIV Aids Awareness day. It’s a way for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to get the word out about testing and prevention.
One in 16 African American men and one in 32 women have HIV or aids, according to the Virginia Department of Health. This is vital for those who are sexually active and those at high risk of contracting HIV. When it comes to community and organization leadership, getting Blacks involved to serve is another key focus. We need Black people from all walks of life, economic classes, literacy levels, shades and tones, as well as small and large communities to get connected to the work happening on the ground in their local areas.
For information on where to find an HIV testing site, visit the National HIV Testing Resources web site at http://www.hivtest.org or call CDC-INFO24 Hours/Day at (800) CDC-INFO (232-4636), (888) 232-6348 (TTY).