Free testing provided on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Free testing provided on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness partnered with the Chestnut Street YMCA to provide free HIV testing Sunday, on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Health officials say the day, which is annually Feb. 7, is important to educate, provide vital testing and help remove the stigma around HIV and AIDS.

"More African-Americans today are infected with HIV than in the past, so we're hoping to get more people to get tested." said Paulette Jewell of the Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness HIV Prevention Office.

The CDC reports black men and women are eight times more likely to be infected with the virus when compared to their white counterparts.

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