If you're an African-American man in Mississippi, you're about seven times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV than white men are. Getting tested could save your life.
Get the Facts
- African-Americans accounted for 79% of newly reported HIV infections in Mississippi in 2017.
- 74% of African-Americans who received an HIV diagnosis were men.
- Most new infections among black men are among men who have sex with men.
- In 2017, more than one in five news cases of HIV were in African-American women. Just one in 25 cases were among white females.
Taking Action: What you can do
The only way to know your status is to get tested.
HIV is a sexually-transmitted disease. If you are not in a long-term mutually monogamous relationship with a partner who has been tested, get tested now.
Testing is free and confidential at any county health department in Mississippi — every day of the year. Or check with your doctor or health care provider to arrange testing.
Find out more about your HIV risk, and how to get tested: