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12 Surprisingly True Facts About HIV In America

How much do you really know? Check out these facts, and then head to to learn more about HIV testing, prevention, and treatment. Want to know even more? Your healthcare provider is a great resource.

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7. In fact, HIV affects the African American population at a shockingly high rate.

That's a shocking amount, considering African Americans only make up 12% of the U.S. population. Caucasians account for 31% (the second-highest amount) of new diagnoses in the U.S.

9. Where you live also matters and can increase your risk of getting HIV.

According to CDC data, the places with the greatest risk for being diagnosed with HIV over a lifetime are: Washington, D.C.; Maryland; Georgia; Florida; and Louisiana.

10. It is extremely important to know your status — so get tested!

There is no cure for HIV, but treatment can help you live a healthy life. So talk to your healthcare provider about treatment soon and know your status. The CDC recommends that people between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once, and more often if you are at increased risk. Find a testing center near you today.

Images courtesy of Gilead Sciences, Inc./ Lyla Ribot © Buzzfeed

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