Black women — more than any other women in the United States — are getting HIV. Of all the women living with HIV in the United States, approximately 64% are African American.i In fact, at some point in her lifetime, 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV. Most of these women (84%) got HIV by having sex with a man. Women in all kinds of relationships get HIV, even faithful women in committed relationships with good men.
The Good News
More and more black women are taking a stand against the spread of HIV. They are looking out for themselves. They are taking steps to stay healthy.
The Truth About Sex
He might be good-looking and educated. He might be someone you’ve known for years. The fact is, whether you’ve had one partner or several, having sex (with a man) is still the #1 way that women get HIV.
Reasons To Get An HIV Test
Many women are afraid to get an HIV test because they are afraid of learning they have HIV. But more women now understand that it is better to take the test and know the result.
There are three good reasons for you to take charge and get an HIV test.
- 1. Finding out early can help you live a longer, healthier life.
If you’re HIV-positive, it means that the virus is inside you — even though you may not feel sick. And that’s why it is good to find out early. There are treatments now that are available to you that can keep you healthy. You can find support, so that you stay connected to care.
- 2. If you know, you can look out for yourself — and the people you love.
The earlier you know, the more you can do. Knowing early allows you to help yourself. And it may help you to be there for the people you love. Also, studies have shown that when people find out they have HIV, they are more likely to take steps to protect their health and that of their partners.
- 3. It’s easy. It’s free, fast, and confidential.
Many clinics and testing locations in your area offer free HIV tests. You can even get confidential or anonymous HIV tests. Use the Take Charge. Take the Test.™ site locator or call 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) to find out where you can get a free HIV test in your area.
i CDC. Estimated HIV incidence among adults and adolescents in the United States, 2007–2010. HIV Surveillance Supplemental Report 2012;17(4). Accessed December 18, 2012.