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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

 
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If you're an African-American man in Mississippi, you're about seven times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than white men are. Getting tested could save your life.

Get the Facts

  • African-Americans accounted for 79% of newly reported HIV infections in Mississippi in 2017.
  • 74% of African-Americans who received an HIV diagnosis were men.
  • Most new infections among black men are among men who have sex with men.
  • In 2017, more than one in five news cases of HIV were in African-American women. Just one in 25 cases were among white females.

Taking Action: What you can do

The only way to know your status is to get tested.

HIV is a sexually-transmitted disease. If you are not in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested, get tested now.

Testing is free and confidential at any county health department in Mississippi — every day of the year. Or check with your doctor or health care provider to arrange testing.

Find out more about your HIV risk, and how to get tested:

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Last reviewed on Jun 15, 2018

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