The Douglas County Health Department is offering free HIV testing on Friday at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation in Omaha.
Roughly 50,000 people in the U.S. are newly infected with HIV each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Many people who are infected do not have any symptoms, so they unknowingly transmit the incurable virus to others, typically through unprotected sex. The only way to know if you are infected with HIV is to be tested.
The free testing is between 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation at 3448 Evans St. in Omaha.
The event is in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Black men and women are almost eight times more likely to develop the infection than white people, the CDC estimates.
There is no cure for HIV, which can lead to AIDS. It can be controlled with proper medical care.
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