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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 5, 2014 - HIV Prevention - Awareness

The New Mexico Department of Health is teaming up with the Office of African American Affairs, African American Health and Social Services, and other partners to promote "Two Seven" National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is February 7th.

There will be free and anonymous rapid HIV testing, informational booths and entertainment at the South Broadway Cultural Center, 1025 Broadway Blvd. SE, in Albuquerque. Dinner will also be served. The event is Thursday, February 6th from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

One in 200 African Americans living in New Mexico is infected with HIV. The rate of HIV infection for African Americans in New Mexico is nearly three times higher than the rate for any other racial/ethnic group. Many persons living with HIV don't even know they are infected, so HIV testing remains an urgent priority. Knowing your status is the first step to receiving quality medical care for HIV.

The New Mexico Department of Health HIV Prevention Program funds projects in all regions of New Mexico that aim to prevent HIV infection and help people make safer choices. Some of the risk reduction strategies include teaching people to use condoms, reminding them not to share syringes and helping to disclose HIV status to a partner.

There are programs designed specifically for African Americans. Services available statewide include free HIV counseling, testing and referral services at Public Health Offices and community organizations. Community members can find test sites in their area using the state HIV/STD/Hepatitis Resource Guide website.

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