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Get tested on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Tuesday, organizers are encouraging African-Americans to get educated, get tested, get involved and get treated.

African-Americans represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population but they account for 44 percent of the nation's new HIV infections according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AID Upstate offers free testing during the week at its facility on South Calhoun Street in Greenville. 

"HIV tests are really easy, just a finger stick and 10 minutes later they have the results for you," said Ra'Shawn Barlow-Flournoy with AID Upstate. "Or we can do a mouth swab."

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