• Subline Title: Black/African Americans account for a higher number of new HIV cases and existing cases, compared to other races and ethnicities

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) – February 7, is a time to promote HIV education, testing and treatment in Black/African American (Black/AA) communities. Black/AA people account for a higher number of new HIV cases and existing cases, compared to other races and ethnicities.

There were 866 new diagnoses of HIV reported in Ohio in 2022. Black/AA make up 13% of Ohio’s population but accounted for 47% (almost half) of the new HIV cases. From 2018-2022, Black/AA people had the highest rate of newly reported HIV infections among all race/ethnicity groups in Ohio. Of the 866 new cases of HIV in Ohio, 88 were from region 9 (Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami., Montgomery and Preble counties). Montgomery County lead the region with 54 of those cases.

Black/AA communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet, issues such as racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black/AA people seek or receive HIV prevention services. These issues may also reduce the likelihood of engaging in HIV treatment and care. To continue to reduce the burden of HIV and other health risks, people need adequate housing and transportation, employment, access to culturally competent health services that are free of stigma and discrimination, and more.

The theme for NBHAAD 2024 is “Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities”.

  • Engage: Discuss ways to better involve the Black/AA community in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts.
  • Educate: Focusing on improving HIV/AIDS education among Black/AA youth and adults.
  • Empower: Highlighting success stories and strategies that have effectively empowered Black/AA individuals living with HIV/AIDS.

The HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee of Region 9 (Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble counties) is hard at work in the HIV response. The committee offers case management, linkage to care, HIV testing, PrEP, syringe exchange, counseling, and referral services.

You are invited to attend two special NBHAAD events:

Presentation: “HIV in the African American Community”

  • Light refreshments and free rapid HIV testing!
  • Wednesday, February 7 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
  • Mount Olive Baptist Church: 502 Pontiac Avenue Dayton, OH 45417
  • Host: Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County

For more information - Call: (937) 225-4023

Free Rapid HIV Testing, Entertainment and Refreshments!

  • Wednesday, February 7 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Dayton LGBT Center: 136 N. St. Clair Street Dayton, OH 45402
  • Host: Equitas Health – Dayton Prevention Team

For more information - Call: (937) 274-1776
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and those at high risk get tested at least once a year. Some sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (every 3 to 6 months).

Below are a list of sites offering HIV testing.

Testing Sites Testing Hours

Clark County Health Department
529 E Home Road Springfield, OH 45503
(937) 390-5600

Call for testing information

Equitas Health
1222 S. Patterson Blvd. Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 853-3650

Call for testing information

Greene County Health Department
360 Wilson Drive Xenia, OH 45385
(937) 374-5621

Call for testing information

Miami County Public Health Department
Reproductive Health Clinic
510 W. Water Street Troy, OH 45373
(937) 573-3520

Call for testing information

Preble County General Health District
Reproductive Health Clinic
615 Hillcrest Drive Eaton, OH 45320
(937) 472-0087

Call for testing information

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County
Public Health Clinic
117 S. Main Street Dayton, OH 45422
(937) 225-4550

Public Health Outreach Office
201 Riverside Drive, Suite 1-C Dayton, OH 45405
(937) 496-7133

Dr. Charles R, Drew Health Center

1323 W. Third Street, Room # 608 Dayton, OH 45402
(937) 225-4023

Call for testing information

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