National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a time to promote HIV education, testing and treatment in Black communities.

Black/African Americans (Black/AA) still have higher numbers of new HIV infections, and more living with a HIV and AIDS diagnosis, when compared to other races/ethnicities.

In Ohio, despite making up only 13% of the population, 50% of all new reported HIV diagnoses in 2021 were among Black/AA individuals.Similarly, in Montgomery County, Ohio, Black/AA make up 22% of the population, but account for 55% of new HIV diagnoses during this same time.

While Black/AA groups have made progress in reducing HIV, racism, and unfair treatment, mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black/AA people seek or receive HIV prevention services. These issues may also reduce the chances of getting HIV treatment and care.To reduce the impact of HIV and other health risks, Black/AA people need suitable housing, transportation, good jobs, and access to culturally competent health services, that are free of stigma and judgment.

The HIV/AIDS Prevention Committee of Region 9 (Clark, Darke, Greene, Miami, Montgomery, and Preble counties) is hard at work in helping to break down barriers. The committee offers linkage to care, whole person - culturally specific healthcare, case management, HIV testing, PrEP, syringe exchange, counseling, and referrals for social and mental health services.

The committee is encouraging everyone to:

  • Talk about HIV and how it is spread.
  • Protect yourself and your partner by:
  • Get treated if you are HIV-positive
  • Find out if you are at risk for HIV and get tested.

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

Darke County Health District
300 Garst Avenue Greenville, OH 45331

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) 374-5600

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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