National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness  

In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the HIV/STD/Hepatitis C Section is hosting testing/awareness events around the state this month. The Section aims to increase access to HIV testing in hardest hit communities through enhanced collaboration and outreach. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African Americans make up just 14 percent of the population, but accounted for 44 percent of all new infections in 2009. Since the start of the epidemic, nearly a quarter of a million African Americans with AIDS have died. In 2009:

  • Black women accounted for 30 percent of the estimated new HIV infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was more than 15 times as high as the rate for white women, and more than three times as high as that of Latina women.
  • Black men accounted for 70 percent of the estimated new infections among all blacks. The estimated rate of new HIV infection for black men was more than six and a half times as high as that of white men, and more than two and a half times as high as that of Latino men or black women.
  • Black men who have sex with men (MSM) represented an estimated 73 percent of new infections among all black men, and 37 percent among all MSM.

Testing Events

February 23

Location: College Hill Neighborhood Center, Texarkana
Time: 2 - 6 p.m.

 
February 29

Location: Tack House, 11101 NW Avenue, El Dorado
Time: 2 - 6 p.m.