One of the efforts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is focusing on around National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is "Doing It," a new national campaign encouraging all adults to get tested for HIV and know their status.
The CDC recommends that individuals aged 13-64 get tested at least once in their lifetimes and those with risk factors get tested at least annually.
In this video, Brandon Dykes, a young African-American man from Atlanta, Georgia explains why he is doing it. The gay activist says he's getting tested for himself and his community. One of the founders of Nu Phi Zeta Fraternity, Dykes says he hopes to inspire gay men to realize their potential.
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Research shows that testing is not only important in order to get HIV-positive on treatment as quickly as possible, knowing our status can also reduce the likelihood we'll accidently spread the virus to others. A new study shows that testing black women has made a dramtic impact on the number of African-American women linked to care within 90 days.