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.

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  • Got blood drawn 3 weeks ago and called in to check on the results- HIV/AIDS free and thats how it shall remain!

  • omfg

    people need to understand all the different levels of testing before they do this.

    anonymous, confidential, with you doctor, etc.

    people need to understand to protect their privacy and the flow of information in case there is a positive result.

  • omfg

    w/ anonymous testing your name is never involved. a kit may come to your home and you may go to a center and take the test with a number. also, there’s one fda approved kit (home access) at home testing. you can buy it in some drugstores. you mail it in and a few days later, get your results by phone with the machine or a counselor. nobody knows who you are though.

    w/ confidential testing, your name is released to the state government. and your result is given to you usually at clinic or something by a doctor, nurse or counselor.

  • omfg

    w/ your doctor. if you are insured and you do it with your pcp, you need to be aware of the consequences. your insurance company will know your result before you do. understand how this impacts your service and ALL of the people who know, before you do.

    i would not go to a pcp for a test. i would go to an std clinic or even a gay center. you will be around people who treat std’s or are experienced with this. they will have counseling and will probably be able to help you figure out how to deal with your insurance company, pcp, etc. so that you are in a better position to deal with this from a medical (and emotional) standpoint.

    i would NOT go to a pharmacy. have you ever gotten compassionate counseling at a pharmacy? lmao. anyways, was tested more than six months ago and i’m negative thank goodness.

    • Wow you are a bastion of good and useful information! Congrats on your negative status :)

  • omfg

    oh, one more thing. insurance companies were fighting at one point to get state governments to release the names of hiv+ individuals. that should tell you something. don’t go to your pcp. just my opinion.