Danny Davis urges citizens to get tested for HIV

February 7, 2011 4:16:14 PM PST
Congressman Danny Davis joined a number of health professionals to mark National Black HIV Aids Awareness Day.

According to the Center for Disease Control, nearly half of the people in the U.S. with HIV are African American.

Some want HIV testing to become routine.

"If anyone here goes to see their doctor and they're not offered an HIV test ask the doctor, 'why don't you ask me about HIV?' We need to start confronting the medical community. There are doctors sometimes that don't want to deal with this outside of these type of environments," said Davis.

One doctor pointed out that people who don't know they have HIV are responsible for 75 percent of the new cases.