Florida Department of Health observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Department of Health says African Americans made up more than 43 percent of Florida's HIV diagnoses in 2016.

Wednesday, February 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the Florida Department of Health in Bay County offered free HIV and Hepatitis C screenings out of their mobile medical unit at the Goodwill in Springfield.

Health officials told us HIV is a problem across the country and effects every race and gender. They stressed the importance of knowing your status.

"Anybody is susceptible to this. Any human being can contract HIV. We have awareness days in order to emphasize the need in certain communities but everybody should be tested and it's because anybody can come down with this," said Robert Wilson, a health educator with the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.

Every Tuesday there's free rapid testing from 7:30 a.m. until 7 p.m. at the Florida Department of Health in Bay County.