February 7, 2021, is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness. The CDC reports that in 2018, Blacks /African Americans made up 16,002 of the 37,968 new HIV diagnoses in the US, and 1 out of 7 Blacks/African Americans in the US with HIV are unaware they have it. Important ways to reduce your risk of getting HIV include getting tested and know your HIV status, know your partner’s HIV status, always use condoms during sex, limit your number of sex partners, and don’t inject drugs. You can also talk to your health care provider about Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and Post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). For more information about HIV prevention or about PreP and PEP please visit our partners at AID Atlanta, Empowerment Resource Center (ERC), and Center for Pan Asian Community Services (CPACS).
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