HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7, 2011‏



Statement by HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius regarding


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day,

 February 7, 2011 



On February 7,

the nation will observe the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

This year also marks the 30th anniversary of the first reports of AIDS in the United States.



Breaking the Silence


Since the beginning of the epidemic, African Americans have been deeply affected by HIV. Black men who have sex with men and black women are particularly at risk. According to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, blacks make up just 14-percent of the total U.S. population yet represent almost half of those living with HIV and about half of those with AIDS who die each year.

The National HIV/AIDS Strategy, which now guides all federal HIV/AIDS-related efforts and programs, recognizes the disproportionate impact of HIV on African American communities. The strategy promotes HIV testing for at-risk groups and stresses the importance of getting people who are living with HIV into care. Prevention efforts should acknowledge the heavy burden of HIV among African Americans and target programs accordingly.

Federal departments and agencies with HIV/AIDS programs have developed detailed plans to implement the strategy, and are working together on cross-agency initiatives, like the 12 City Project, which supports comprehensive planning and cross-agency response in 12 communities hit hardest by HIV and AIDS. We are also working with our partners outside the government to support the strategy in communities around the nation. It will take all of us working together to put an end to HIV.

Please visit AIDS.gov to read the strategy and to learn how you can join with government, care providers, people living with HIV/AIDS, and others to help your community respond effectively to the HIV epidemic. Together, we can make the strategy real—and protect hard-hit populations, including African Americans, from the threat of HIV.




To learn more visit: www.AIDS.gov ; http://blackaidsday.org /; www.greaterthanaids.org


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  1. HIV/AIDS does not discriminate! I know of this first hand. Like the late great _Micahel Jackson said, “It doesn’t matter if you are Black or White”!
    This disease may not infect everyone, but rest assured if you live long enough, it will affect everyone! You don’t have to he gay, but believe it or not even in today’s society in this great big beautiful world we all live in, some people still think and oly associate HIV/AIDS to the gay community. Well let me tell you of a story of a young woman. A beautiful, vibrant and vivacious heterosexual woman who was only 31 yars old! The picture of health, in love with the manof her dreams and engaged to be married. One beautiful Spring morning, she finds out from her doctor, she’s two months pregnant! Before leaving his office and thinking to herself,”how wonderful”! Why not, remember she’s the picture of health, vibrant, vivacious and engaged to the man of her dreams! Guess what, only a few short moments later she is also told, “I am so very sorry, but the tests also confirm you are HIV positive!”

    Don’t let the,”Man or Woman of your Dreams”, become,”Your Worst Nightmare!” This for what it’s worth, I urge you to Think of it like this,”Before Investing Time….It’s Testing Time!”

    Reginad Todd Hewitt_Author
    Courtney’s Story

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