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Local organizations speak about the importance of HIV testing

Posted at 4:42 PM, Jun 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-27 17:59:00-04

BALTIMORE — The National Organization of Black County Officials and Sisters Together and Reaching held a press conference on Thursday, National HIV Testing Day to talk about the importance of HIV testing and early diagnosis, especially among black women.

"Go out and get tested. Go out and know your status," said Dr. Helen Holton of the Naitonal Organization of Black County Officials. "It's not about dying, its about living and we want you to live a long and healthy life."

In 2017, black and African-American women represented 59 percent of women living with HIV.

People between 13 and 64 should be tested at least once as part of their routine health care checks.