Neighborhood Health Association, CMO

More than 1.2 million people in the U.S. are currently living with human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, the virus which causes AIDS. African Americans compose 44% of that 1.2 million people infected, making it the largest racial/ethnic group affected in the country, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Despite the alarming statistics, evidence has shown that awareness, prevention and treatment lead to longer, healthier lives for those living with HIV.  In fact, the number of people “living with” HIV vs. “dying from” AIDS has drastically shifted due to the advancement of ongoing treatment efforts. Being on the right medication can greatly minimize the chance of spreading the virus, as well.

At Neighborhood Health Association, we provide rapid HIV testing, education and coordination of care to improve the lives of our patients living with HIV. In honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (today, Feb. 7), we are committed to #DoingIt, a national campaign to encourage all adults to test for HIV and know their status. Please call us at 419.720.7883 to learn more about our HIV testing or to set up an appointment.

For more information on the CDC’s #DoingIt campaign, visit their website.