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Urban League Fighting HIV/AIDS In Black Community
The state public health department says 45 percent of all new HIV infections are in the black community. That's why they partnered with the Springfield Urban League on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Thursday. The Urban League visited Southeast High School to hand out information about testing, treating, and preventing the disease.
It's all part of the group's Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS (BASHUA) program, which aims to make young people ambassadors against HIV/AIDS. BASUHA coordinator Altheal Randolph said AIDS testing is simpler than many people realize. It's free and anonymous, and there's no blood test involved.
"We can't know whether a person is infected by what they do or what their race is," she said. "We need to know by testing. The only way we're going to be able to get a hold of this disease is to test people, and to treat people that test positive."
Get more information about AIDS testing in your neighborhood by texting "IL" and your zip code to 36363.