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Friday, February 8, 2008

HIV Infections Growing Among Blacks

About 50 percent of all new HIV/AIDS cases are among blacks, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And HIV/AIDS was the number one cause of death for black women between the ages of 25 to 34 in 2005, the latest year for which the CDC has numbers.

Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. A group of local women formed the Association of Informed and Dedicated Sisters to encourage women to get tested and to protect themselves.

Linda Holland, nurse manager at the Bibb County Health Department, says many women are infected by their husbands or boyfriends.

Please get tested people. It's better to know now and manage your disease than to find out later when it's too late.

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