A gospel fest was held in Albany Saturday for that purpose.
In conjunction with black history month the Department of Public Health is trying to get the word out to African Americans about the importance of being tested for HIV.
Several local choirs and praise teams provided up-lifting entertainment to the audience.
"We feel like there are a lot of people in the community that have not been tested for HIV, and we just wanted to get to word out to let people know to get tested, know your status," Natasha Coleman, Department of Public Health.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human services while African-Americans make up about 13 percent of the U.S. population they account for more than 49 percent of AIDS cases.
AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women between the ages 25 and 34.