ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Free, confidential HIV testing is being offered this week in conjunction with the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday.

The Minnesota Department of Health reports that infection rates among African-American and African-born communities are some of the highest in the state.

In 2009, statewide rates for African-Americans were about 11 times greater than whites. Among African-born communities, infection rates were about 20 times greater than whites.

Health Department expert Peter Carr says those communities face particular issues that contribute to the high rates, including cultural stigmas and poverty, which can limit access to quality health care.

The free, confidential testing starts at 9 a.m. Monday at the Crown Medical Clinic, 1925 1st Avenue South, in Minneapolis and continues during normal business hours through Thursday.

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Comments (21)
  1. mark from says:

    Why do we have to be so divided?

  2. Russ says:

    I am white so I shouldnt have to worry right

    1. Randy says:

      No only worry if your a German American, Italian American, Polish American, Swedish American, Chinese American, Russian American, etc…………… And the list goes on. There is a difference between African Born and African American. So why keep brings this up.

  3. fed up says:

    Can we have an Asian history month, a White history month, a Native American history month, and a Hispanic history month too?? I hate how people preach for equal rights, but it always seems to be only equal rights for blacks. I saw treat everyone equal, stop with this “fill in your race here” history month, or day or week or whatever! Who cares what race you are. Just live your life and respect others the same. Quit giving special treatment to races. Everyone should be equal.

  4. Jason says:

    I now look at Feb. as anti-white history month in the U.S. Fed up is spot on with saying that they should have the same thing for others, I would like to see Polish American, German American, etc. I think it would only be fair because I’m sure that some people from that background are “oppressed” and living with AIDS as well.

  5. Russ says:

    If I wore a shirt that said white power I would be a raceist but it is ok for people to have black power shirts

  6. Kevin says:

    Good God when is National Whie Aids day…..if that were posted there would be riots…I am so sick of this garbage….

  7. Nice double standard says:

    Total BS. It amounts to anit-whitey, no matter how you look at it. Nice double standard. Celebrate blackness, but white pride is racist.

  8. DaveM says:

    Who signed the national proclamation (if there is one)? Could it be Barry?

    Miss Black America, Black AIDS Day, Black Entertainment TV, Black History Month, etc. etc. If you substituted White for Black the liberals would twist their heads off in horror.

  9. Bluepmil says:

    Black Monday.

  10. Kevin says:

    White Priide World Wide!!!!

  11. Russ says:

    If we would have picked our own cotton we would not be in this mess

  12. max says:

    News flash, people: EVERY month is white history month. If you are white, you can always turn on the TV or open a magazine and see your race represented. Who told you this ridiculous narrative that white people are oppressed by minorities? Open your eyes and have some awareness of your privilege. Whining about your rights to express your white heritage is PATHETIC.

    1. steve says:

      listen im sorry ur ancestors were slaves, but now were slaves to your welfare dependant breed

      1. max says:

        I’m white. Good try, though!

    2. der says:

      twice u referred to it as your white heritage, and your race not our race like u would if u were white, ok banana peeler nice try

      1. Max says:

        In using the word “your” instead of “our,” I was indicating my desire not to lump myself in with anyone would actually whine about how it is like, SO hard out there for us white folks. Not that it matters, though–the sentiment stands, regardless of my race. Also, you used the term “banana peeler,” which pretty much invalidates everything you have to say.

  13. turdpump says:

    blacks and aids carriers geez my 2 favorite kinds of poeple, can we throw in welfare recipients also for the trifecta

  14. pozloves says:

    Although blacks make up only 13.6 percent of the U.S. population, and the members on a largest HIV dating site HIVlover .con are only 1/3 , they account for 50.3 percent of all diagnosed cases of HIV, federal health officials reported Thursday.

    To my surprise that the rate of HIV diagnosis among black men is eight times that of whites, and the rate for black women is 19 times that of whites, finds a new analysis of data from 37 states by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  15. Iko Iko says:

    Black this day, Asian Day, Russian Day, Brazil day Mexico day. Hey how about a day to honor the Common Cold. Day this, Day that, Month this, month that.

  16. Timothy Unrine says:

    As we celebrate Black History Month, let us Celebrate Mitty Flipper Romney’s Mormon Church’s lack of diversity. After 34 years since 1978 when Black MEN we allowed to receive ordaination – let us look at the “where’s Waldo” picture of the General Authorities of the Racist Mormon Church, which has ONLY after 34 found one Black Man to in the bottom of their bus. Look at the pictures – stuffy old WHITE MEN ONLY.

    Do want we to set our country back to the days before both the Civil Rights Acts and the Voting Rights Acts?

    Celebrate Black History Month by NOT supporting a racist candidate who belongs to an Elite White Men Only Club within the Mormon Church.​leaders?lang=eng

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