Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson released the following statement on the importance of HIV/AIDS awareness for Black communities:
"Today many Americans will advocate for HIV testing and treatment, especially in Black communities. It is imperative that we stress the importance of being educated about the disease, get tested, and get treated," said Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson.
Because of health and socioeconomic disparities, African American communities are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Sixty-nine percent of all cases reported among teenagers in 2010 were attributed to African American teenagers, while only representing 15 percent of all teenagers in the United States. African American women accounted for 68 percent of all new HIV cases among women in 2010, with an infection rate that was almost 20 times higher than that of White women.
Congresswoman Johnson noted, "These numbers are striking and are a testament to how critical our efforts are in combating the spread of HIV/AIDS in the African American community, and all other communities. Federal, state, and local governments, public health agencies, and the media must all work to educate about the importance of prevention and testing, as well as the advances in the methods of treatment."
Please take the time and get tested. For more information on where to get tested for HIV please visit http://hivtest.cdc.gov