The Importance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – Feb. 7

 

The Importance of

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

 

 

For the last three years, our blog posts for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), February 7th of every year, have focused on new media or statistics about African Americans and HIV. This year we wanted to share with you thoughts from two of our colleagues.

 

No new media.

No statistics.

 

Just important words about an important day:

As a Black gay man or woman living with HIV, you know, the challenges for all of us are very difficult, but I think that what we should all know, that we should all also commit ourselves to, is that we can live long with HIV and that we can help to end the HIV epidemic in our communities. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to recommit to that goal and to do everything that we can to overcome this and to make our communities healthy and well.   -Cornelius Baker, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) Member and Advisor to The National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition Exit Disclaimer and the AED Center on AIDS & Community Health Exit Disclaimer.

Healthy Black Communities Exit Disclaimer is the lead coordinator for NBHAAD. Their CEO, Montee Evans, notes:

We are utilizing his initiative to mobilize Black communities around HIV/AIDS, given the disproportionate representation shown in the statistics. NBHAAD serves as a platform to mobilize Black communities and heighten HIV/AIDS awareness specifically within this population. By focusing on HIV testing, treatment and education; we are linking to the priorities of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (i.e. reducing HIV incidence, increasing access to care, and reducing HIV related health disparities).

 VIDEO:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dwwT3WXrDhg&feature=player_embedded

AIDS.gov spoke with community member and colleague, Cornelius Baker, about the meaning of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

 

To learn more about National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on February 7 and how you or your community can get involved, please visit their website Exit Disclaimer to register an event, download planning resources, and more. You can also follow NBHAAD on Twitter Exit Disclaimer and Facebook Exit Disclaimer. Are you planning an event or activity for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day around HIV awareness or testing?

 

Share with us what you are doing for NBHAAD.

 

By Meico Whitlock, AIDS.gov Fellow

 

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Comments

  1. Good info about HIV, Individuals should be information and support as well. There is so much fear and misunderstanding out there. My recommendation is to educate yourself! Keep spreading the word.

  2. Camilla Bergenheim says

    I feel the urgency and importancy of spreading the word. People should be informed and also supported. There is so much fear and misconceptions out there. My recommendation is educate yourelves! Usually the once reading this are. Then all I can say. Keep spreading the word.
    Thank you for listening!

  3. Thank you for sharing this…I will be posting it under ’causes’ on my own website to help pass the word along.

    Live your passion and change the world,

    Dawn Tevy

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