FDA Updates Its HIV and Hepatitis 'Know and Learn' Resource On National Minority Health Month
It’s a time to remember that health outcomes can be different among people of diverse ethnic and racial groups. These differences in health status are called health disparities.
Health disparities exist for many diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis, diabetes, cancer, and heart disease. Racial and ethnic minorities may be more likely to have these diseases or may be more liable to have severe effects from them.
The only way wondering if you have these viruses is to be tested.
Testing and treatment are especially important for HIV and Hepatitis. That’s because not knowing your status can contribute to other related risks. People who do not know they have these viruses cannot take advantage of medical care and treatment — and may even pass viruses to others without realizing it.
If you don’t know your status, get tested using an FDA-approved or cleared test. And if you know your status, and need treatment, remember to read all labeled directions for FDA-approved medical products and to talk to your health care provider if you have any questions.