Today is National HIV Testing Day. And as you know the black community’s HIV rate is alarmingly higher than any other ethnic group. Though we’re only 13 percent of the population, African Americans make up 44 percent of all new HIV diagnoses among adults and adolescents. And sadly, black women are hit hardest. Black women are six times more likely than white women to get the disease.
But with numbers this shocking, more than half of all Americans still have never been tested for HIV.
Yet, with technology, it’s never been easier. In our interview with Dr. Rachael, from the CBS talk show “The Doctors”, she speaks about OraQuick, the at-home HIV test that gives you your results in just 20 minutes. In addition, she spoke about the importance of not only having the initial “are you clean” conversation but taking our sexual health more seriously.
“You really have to come up with a strategy, your own personal strategy to make sure you’re not a part of those statistics…You know we research a car before we buy but we need to research the people before we…you know, take it to the next step. Part of planning for your future in life you know you want to make a bunch of money, you want to have great family, you want to do all these things so you really need to strategize as to if you don’t have HIV how to not get it and if you do have HIV you want to know you have it so you can live long enough to do all the things you want.”
See what else she had to say in the video above.