Nationwide prevention efforts have led to declines in new HIV diagnoses among some populations, including African American women, people who inject drugs and heterosexuals. However, overall African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV diagnoses compared to other races and ethnicities. Testing is critical in order to prevent HIV in all ethnicities and within all communities.
Today, February 7, 2018, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Nationwide attention focuses on the impact HIV has on African Americans. For over 15 years, this day is observed in efforts to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement and treatment among Blacks. Spread the word…get tested today!
African American enrolled in Borinquen’s STOPP Program educate their family and friends about HIV to prevent HIV from spreading. This is what they say:
“I use condoms in every sexual occasion.” “I make my family a part of my medical treatment so that together we can learn about HIV.” ~E. Y.~
“I teach my friends to have safe sex and use condoms.” ~D.C.~
“I keep myself informed by asking my doctor and attending Lunch and Learn here at Borinquen. The information I learn I pass it on when my family and friends get together.”
“I do my best to stay off drugs, go to groups and share my story with others. By educating others and being open about my HIV status I hope to see the HIV epidemic to end. ~S.M.~
Together we can prevent new HIV infections. BMC and STOPP commit to saving and prolonging the lives of African American’s locally, nationally, and internationally!
Borinquen Medical Center (BMC) offers FREE HIV testing, counseling, prevention and education to all of Miami Dade County. At the main site, 3601 Federal Highway, on the 1st floor, and at the Behavioral Health Office, 100 NE 38 St, Unit 5, HIV counselors are available Monday- Thursday, 8 am – 5 pm, and Friday, 8 am – 4 pm. Come by today.
Get Educated! Get Tested! Get Involved!!