The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) estimates that one in 32 Black women will be diagnosed with HIV in her lifetime. It’s not that Black women engage in riskier behaviors than other women. We just happen to be at the intersection of many different factors that can place us at greater risk.
Some contributing factors include:
- higher rates of sexually transmitted infections
- not knowing your (or your partner’s) HIV status
- stigma, fear, discrimination
- negative perceptions about HIV testing
- socioeconomic issues associated with poverty
Last year, CDC relaunched “Take Charge. Take the Test,” an HIV testing campaign that aims to increase HIV testing among Black women. The campaign web site includes information specific to HIV and Black women, including the list of 5 Reasons Black Women Should Get Tested for HIV, frequently asked questions about HIV, and information on PrEP, HIV prevention treatment that can help keep you from getting HIV.
That is one of the reasons why the CDC relaunched the “Take Charge. Take the Test” campaign earlier this year. The campaign focuses exclusively on promoting HIV testing among Black women. On the website, you can find a list of reasons to get tested, a testing locator, campaign materials and more.
The Red Pump Project, like many other community organizations, is a firm believer that EVERYONE should know their HIV status.
Tonight at 8p CT/9p ET, we will host our second #KnowingIsPriceless chat of the year. During this time, our Twitter timeline will be devoted to conversation and questions related to HIV testing. We want to know why you get tested and how you would motivate those you love to get tested. No question or topic is off limits tonight.
It is through this open dialogue that we hope to continue to knock down the barriers and fear that keeps so many of us from proactively seeking testing. To join the chat, follow us Red Pump on Twitter (@RedPumpProj) and use the hashtag #KnowingIsPriceless.
Can’t make it tonight? Check out resources from the “Take Charge. Take the Test” campaign here.