June 8th is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day!

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The annual observance was created to ensure that Caribbean-Americans are being provided with proper resources regarding HIV/AIDS education, screening and resources.  Several cities country-wide will sponsor events to raise awareness of the state of HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean-American population within their respective communities.

With regards to racial groups, the Black population bears the most severe burden of HIV/AIDS in the United States.  Although they represent only 24.4 percent of residents in the Boston community, they account for 40 percent of those living with HIV/AIDS.

Even though today focuses on a specific group of the United States’ population, it serves as a reminder for all of us.  One in five living with HIV is unaware of their infection.  The National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day’s call to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved can and should be applied to all Americans!

Call your primary care physician about getting tested for HIV!  If you do not have a doctor, you can contact the Mayor’s Health Line at (617) 534-5050.

To find a HIV and STI testing location near you, click here.

To educate yourself about HIV risks and prevention, clickhere.

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