As February commences, we all have a lot to celebrate: Valentine’s Day, Black History Month and the fact that we have a 29th day this month!
With all this in mind, we must also remember that this month, our community will also be celebrating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on February 7, 2016! According to the Center for Disease and Control, in 2014, 44% of new HIV diagnoses in the United States were among African Americans showing that this community is disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. Now in its 16th year, the national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative focuses on the Black community in the United States.
I am my Brother/ Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day includes four areas of focus, urging people to get:
1. Educated: Inform Black communities about the basics of HIV and AIDS.
2. Tested: Get tested and know your status. This supports the prevention of HIV, specifically those who are considered high risk.
3. Involved: Host and participate in Black Awareness Day events in the Black community– from organizing testing events to supporting AIDS organizations and providers.
4. Treated: Connect those who have been diagnosed with HIV to treatment and care. This will keep people healthy, living longer and reducing the chances of transmission.
How will you encourage people from ALL communities to get involved and stop the spread of HIV/AIDS?
For more information, please visit: http://nationalblackaidsday.org/