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National Black HIV/AIDS Day

February 7, 2015

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

Get the Facts

  • Black men are more than twice as likely to get infected with HIV than black women
  • 73% of new infections among all black men are among men who have sex with men.
  • In 2011, African-American females were nearly 11 times more likely than white females to have a newly reported case of HIV.

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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