Encouraging people to get tested on National HIV Day

Updated: 06/27/2014 9:01 PM
Created: 06/27/2014 5:22 AM WHEC.com

It’s National HIV Testing Day and the city’s mayor is asking everyone to go out and get tested.

Health officials say Rochester has the second highest HIV infection rate in the state after New York City. To support National Testing Day, Rochester Mayor Lovely Warren has teamed up with a local nonprofit organization, dedicated to improving the health and wellness of lesbian-gay bisexual and transgender communities of color.

Jasan Ward, Mocha Center, said, "It's really about how do we start this conversation so that everyone who is sexually active is talking about HIV and learning about ways to protect themselves to make sure that their risk behaviors are reduced."

The Center for Disease Control says more than 52 percent of people living with HIV in Monroe County are African American males.

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