HIV Message to Black community: Get informed, tested, treated
King County Executive Ron Sims has proclaimed February 7, 2007, as Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day. Local Black leaders and organizations are responding to the impact of HIV and AIDS in King County's African American communities by encouraging residents to get educated, get involved, get tested and get treated.
"Lets use February 7th as an opportunity to recognize that HIV and AIDS disproportionately affects the Black community, which is a crisis for African Americans and for all of us," said King County Executive Ron Sims. "We must show our caring for our family and friends by insisting that they learn about HIV, including their HIV status."
For information about HIV and testing call the HIV/STD Hotline at 206-205-7837
"In King County, African Americans and foreign-born Blacks make up 22% of new HIV cases, though they are only 6.5% of our county's population," said Dr. Bob Wood, HIV/AIDS Program Director for Public Health