Maine CDC Press Release

February 7, 2014

Maine CDC Joins National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

AUGUSTA– The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention joins the nation today, February 7, in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The 2014 theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” The MeCDC HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program is working together with community agencies statewide to support testing, treatment, and community mobilization.

Blacks/African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV and AIDS of any racial or ethnic group in the nation and make up 44 percent of all new HIV infections in the country. In Maine, Blacks/African Americans account for only 1.3 percent of the total population, but comprise 12 percent of the State’s population living with HIV/AIDS. In 2012, Blacks/African Americans accounted for 21 percent of new HIV diagnoses in Maine.

The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to get tested. Getting tested should be a part of routine health care since early diagnosis and care leads to longer and healthier lives.

The National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an HIV testing and treatment community initiative to move people to get educated, tested, treated, and involved.

Activities in Maine today include:
AUGUSTA - The Harm Reduction Program will provide HIV testing between 8 am and 4 pm at 9 Green Street, 2nd floor, Augusta.

BANGOR - Wabanaki Health and Wellness will be offering HIV testing between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at 157 Park Street, Suite 5, Bangor. For more information about testing, treatment, or involvement in your area please visit http://mainepublichealth.gov/hiv or contact Brianne.Karstens@maine.gov.