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The Centers for Disease Control is releasing data showing a decline of the spread of HIV and AIDS among African-Americans living in Florida.

Health officials say more African-Americans are learning about HIV and health risk associated with it.

As a result, the CDC is seeing a drop in the number of cases in black women and men.

In fact, the Department of Health shows the HIV infection in black men dropped more than eight percent between 1999 and 2004, and in black women the number of African-American women dropped by more than 10 percent during that same period.

Informal classroom settings are an ideal place for students to get valuable information about the deadly disease.

Keith Blocker said, "Over the years people have heard me, have listened and have acted on getting tested and in a small community that's what it's all about, hearing the message and then acting on the message and as you do that you'll find out the decline will come about."

The report also found the number of HIV tests taken by blacks at publicly funded sites increased in the last few years. While this is good news for African-Americans in Florida, they say the rate of HIV and AIDS in the black community is still really high.