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Preparing for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Calling attention to a serious health issue. 
 According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention African Americans have the highest rate of new HIV/AIDS cases in the United States.
  As people in our community prepare to observe National Black HIV/AIDS Day tomorrow I checked and here's how critical the situation is.
 The C-D-C estimates 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection during their lifetimes.
 Georgia ranks sixth in the nation for the number of reported HIV/AIDS cases.
 Atlanta has the highest number of cases followed by Savannah.
 That's discouraging to Mark Douglas, Director of My Brothaz Home in Savannah.
 He told me while the AIDS epidemic is in full force in the black community priority number one is getting people tested.
 "We've had greater success in getting people access to medication and treatment, but we need to do much better in preventing people from becoming positive. So that's why it's so important for us. If you don't know your HIV status, get tested."
Mark says it's important to understand the resources available, and you should feel comfortable when seeking help, 
"No one will know about your business.  No one will know your status whether you're positive or negative, and we must do all we can to encourage high risk persons to get tested to remove fear and to dispel myths."
 In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS day tomorrow- My Brothaz Home will offer free HIV testing, plus if needed they will link you with care and treatment.
 Testing is from 9 until 6 tomorrow.
  The office is at 127 Abercorn Street Suite 302. 

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