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Get Tested: Happy National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Have you been tested recently?

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for African-Americans and across the Diaspora.

There are four essential objectives: Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved and Get Treated.

The risk is NOT knowing your status. Don't believe me, here are some startling statistics:

  • African-Americans accounted for an estimated 44 percent  of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents (13 years or older) in 2010, despite only representing 12 percent of the American population.
  • In 2010, African-American men accounted for 70 percent  (14,700) of the estimated 20,900 new HIV infections among all adult and adolescent African-Americans.
  • The estimated rate of new HIV infections for African-American men was seven times that of white men, twice that of Latino men, and nearly three times that of African-American women.
  • In 2010, African American women accounted for 29 percent of the estimated new HIV infections among all adult and adolescent African-Americans.
  • Check out nationalblackaidsday.org and find your local testing center. I got tested yesterday (Feb. 6) you should too!!!

    There's nothing to it, just to do it! Together let's keep ourselves educated and healthy! Sending peace and love.

    -XOXO

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