This Thursday Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). What is NBHAAD?
National Black Hiv/Aids Awareness Day is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora.
The movement has four main objectives that it hopes to realize within Black communities:
- Education: To distribute information about HIV/AIDS locally.
- Testing: Establish February 7 as an annual day to get an HIV test.
- Involvement: Increase the number of Blacks involved locally.
- Treatment: For those newly testing HIV+ and those coming to terms with their status, get them aware of treatment services and information.
s there a need?
- In 2006, HIV was the ninth leading cause of death for all Blacks and third leading cause of death for Black men and women, ages 25-44.
- In 2009, an estimated 16,741 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US, a number that has slowly decreased since 2006.
- Blacks represent approximately 14% of the United States population, but 44% of all new HIV infections.
- HIV is 100% preventable!
Take a look at this fact sheet NBHAAD_2013_FactSheet
Want to get tested? Sign up for free confidential HIV testing
Want to get involved? Visit www.nationalblackaidsday.org