About the Day
February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
A working group of national organizations directs, plans, and organizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Blacks are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. While making up only 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 ages 25 to 34, and the second leading cause of death for Black men ages 35 to 44.
There are many ways you can take action in the response to HIV/AIDS:
1. Get tested for HIV
2. Practice safer methods to prevent HIV
3. Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
4. Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
5. Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
6. Get involved with or host an event for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in your community
Hear the interview HERE with Dena Gray and Jeffrey Campbell of St. Hope Foundation.
Websites for details:
AIDS.gov is the gateway to all Federal domestic information on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, research, policies and resources.
blackaidsday.org provides information about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day events and resources.
To find an HIV Testing location near you, send a text message with your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or visit http://www.hivtest.org .