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National Black HIV/AIDS Day

February 7

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

  • African-Americans accounted for 76% of newly reported HIV infections in Mississippi in 2013.
  • Most new infections among black men are among men who have sex with men.
  • In 2013, more than one in three news cases of HIV were in African-American women. Just one in 20 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 Feb 1, 2013
Mississippi State Department of Health 570 East Woodrow Wilson Dr Jackson, MS 39216 866-HLTHY4U web@HealthyMS.com
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