Thursday is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Feb 06, 2013 -- 6:54pm

Thursday is the 13th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Delaware’s Division of Public Health is joining health departments throughout the nation in calling for African-Americans to educate themselves about HIV and AIDS, get tested so they know their HIV status, and get treated if they are infected with either disease.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, African-Americans account for an estimated 44 percent of all new cases of HIV in the U.S., and the virus is one of their 10 leading causes of death. As of 2009, they made up around 14 percent of the population.

In Delaware, just over 2,300 African-Americans were known to have HIV or AIDS. That’s more than 61 percent of all HIV and AIDS cases in the state. The Division of Public Health says the rate of infection is rising significantly among young gay African-Americans.

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