National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day aims to test, educate

CHICAGO (AP) - The Chicago Department of Public Health will participate in a national observance aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness among African Americans.

The 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Tuesday.

The city's health department is running public service announcements about the importance of getting tested for HIV/AIDS and knowing your status.

Events are planned across the city, including free HIV testing and resource fairs.

The health department says African Americans make up 59% of HIV diagnoses in Chicago. There are more than 20,000 people in Chicago living with HIV.

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