We all know HIV/AIDs is a big issue in the black community. Despite making up a small part of the population (just 12.3 percent), black folks are disproportionately affected by the disease. Just this year researchers found that HIV rates among black women are five times higher than previously thought, and the disease is the third leading cause of death for black men ages 35 to 44. And fully 20 percent of HIV-positive people in this country don’t know they’re infected.
While HIV is no longer an automatic death sentence, the disease is completely preventable. With adequate sex education and proper prevention methods, men and women should be able to remain healthy, yet so many African Americans become infected each year. But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other HIV prevention organizations are hoping to change this.
In honor of National HIV Testing Day, the CDC announced a new initiative that would make rapid HIV testing available at local pharmacies. And in case the stats above weren’t enough reason to get tested, check out this slick infographic.