Illinois Department Of Public
Health Encourages Testing, Awareness, And Education For National
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
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[February 06, 2016]
- In recognition of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February
7, 2016, the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Center for
Minority Health Services and HIV/AIDS Section are encouraging HIV
testing, education, and awareness about HIV/AIDS in black
communities statewide. This yearís theme is, "I Am My
Brotherís/Sisterís Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!"
"Community involvement in promoting HIV awareness and testing is
crucial to identifying undiagnosed individuals who are unaware of
their infection," said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. "IDPH
encourages you to mobilize your community to get educated, get
involved, get tested, and get treated."
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, compared
to other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., blacks account for a
disproportionate burden of HIV/AIDS. While blacks represent
approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for
more new HIV infections (44 percent), more people living with HIV
(43 percent), and more deaths among people diagnosed with HIV (48
percent), than any other racial and ethnic groups in the nation.
In Illinois, blacks continue to be disproportionately affected by
HIV - more than other racial and ethnic groups.
The rate of HIV diagnosis among blacks in Illinois is eight times
that of whites, and almost three times that of Latinos. In 2014, for
every 100,000 blacks, 40 were diagnosed with HIV.
Between 2010 and 2014, nearly 50 percent of individuals diagnosed
with HIV were black, compared to 23 percent white and 19 percent
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Among blacks, new HIV diagnoses are most prevalent among people in their
twenties (40 percent of those diagnosed were between the ages of 20 and 29 at
the time of diagnosis).
Many people are unaware they have HIV, which leads to progression of the disease
and can result in late diagnosis, or a diagnosis of Stage 3 HIV (AIDS) within
one year of initial HIV diagnosis. Among blacks, 28 percent of diagnoses are
For a list of community partner events around the state, visit
http://idph.riproad.com/eventList.php. To find a site that offers
testing in your area, text IL and a ZIP Code to 36363.
For more information, please call the IDPH HIV/AIDS and STD hotline at
1-800-243-2437 or visit the IDPH website.
[Illinois Department of Public