Statistics show while blacks make up about 14 percent of the population, the group accounts for 44 percent of the nation’s new HIV infections.
The Lane Community College Health Clinic was one of several locations offering free testing. Organizers hope events like this will encourage the disease’s victims to share their experiences.
“I feel like bringing more awareness and educating everyone around us is a way to use it as a tool of educating and preventing it in the long run,” said Madeleine Galo, event organizer.
Coordinators say while it’s National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, everyone should get tested.