“The HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to adversely impact the black community,” said SM-LAC President Pamela Lee. “Our goal is to empower as many people as we can to know their status, educate them on how to prevent the spread of the disease, and to connect them with the appropriate community resources.”
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV. In addition, the rate of new HIV infection in African Americans is 8 times that of whites based on population size.
SM-LAC is partnering with Sister Love, Inc. to provide oral swab tests, which produce HIV results in as little as 20 minutes. A non-profit organization, Sister Love offers free HIV testing and counseling, and focuses on health education, advocacy and prevention for women of color.