Congressman David Scott released the following statement on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
"Today is an important day for health awareness," Congressman Scott said. "The sad truth is that HIV and AIDS rates have jumped among African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control, black Americans face the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS than any other racial group."
"Every year I host an annual health fair," Congressman Scott continued. "And each year, groups like AID Atlanta provide HIV testing at the event. It is of the utmost importance that we fight this disease with awareness, information, testing and healthy decisions. Please, have a frank talk with your loved ones about protecting themselves from this disease."
The Affordable Care Act is important for Americans living with HIV/AIDS. The law will help many of these victims manage their disease and remain healthy. Before the law, many would not have health insurance coverage since their infection is a pre-existing condition. For more information about AIDS and HIV in the African-American community, visit the CDC website at this link.