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One population hit hard by HIV is African Americans. The CDC showed that while black people make up 12 percent of the population, they make up 44 percent of new HIV diagnoses. One in six African Americans do not know they have HIV. Out of all HIV diagnoses in the U.S., black gay or bisexual men, other gay and bisexual men and black heterosexual women have the highest numbers of diagnoses.

“Every time I see the numbers grow it tells me that more needs to be done,” Narvaez shared. “We have to bring the numbers down for HIV and all STIs (sexually transmitted infections).”

Read the full story in the Weekly Challenger.