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In the 30 years since HIV/AIDS first came on the scene, the disease has ravaged communities and has stolen the lives of millions. Despite medical advancements that have transformed HIV from a disease that once meant a quick, painful death, into one that is manageable with the proper medication, HIV still plagues many communities.

In 1999, five organizations worked together to create National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Because the disease now disproportionately affects blacks, these organizations pulled their resources together to promote testing, prevention, and treatment in black communities.

Although many feel the disease will never affect them, one way to ensure this preventable disease does not continue to spread in our communities is by knowing your status and continuing to protect yourself.

Check out these tips from Dr. Kevin Fenton, Director of CDC’s National Center for HIV/AIDS

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