HHS celebrates Black History Month, also reminded of troubling Hepatitis C disparities

As we celebrate Black History Month, here at HHS we are also reminded of troubling hepatitis C disparities that persist in the African American community. African Americans are twice as likely to be infected with the hepatitis C virus (HCV) compared to the general U.S. population, according to the CDC. While African Americans represent only 12 percent of the U.S. population, they make up roughly 22 percent of the estimated 3.2 million persons with chronic HCV infection. Moreover, chronic … [Read more...]

Twitter Event – Feb 5 @ 2 PM, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with its partners, will be hosting a Twitter Event tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, at 2pm ET, to commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) This is celebrated annually on February 7. Twitter events give us an opportunity to connect with people across the country and in every community. For tomorrow’s Twitter chat we have already asked for and received numerous questions from community members on … [Read more...]

Black History Month celebrated February 2013

Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African American diaspora. This is the month that all of the hard work of the people who put in for African Americans to be free is celebrated. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February and the United Kingdom in October. CANADA Why a Black History … [Read more...]

WOMAN of ACTION™ – Rosa Parks *Tribute

WOMAN of ACTION™ Tribute     Rosa Parks "Back then, we didn't have any civil rights. It was just a matter of survival existing from one day to the next. I remember going to sleep as a girl hearing the Klan ride at night and hearing a lynching and being afraid the house would burn down." -Rosa Parks Rosa Louise McCauley was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. At age 2, Rosa moved to Pine Level, Alabama, to live with her grandparents, and at age … [Read more...]

Black History Month: African Americans and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

  African Americans and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy By Christopher Bates, M.P.A., Executive Director, Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS, and Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health, Infectious Diseases, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Christopher Bates During this February’s observance of Black History Month, we have observed National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) and heard about efforts to eliminate viral hepatitis … [Read more...]

HIV/AIDS.gov – A Deciding Moment for America

  A Deciding Moment for America      What's your deciding moment?   This month marks Black History Month and includes the observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7). According to the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, Black Americans are disproportionally affected by HIV and "prevention efforts should acknowledge the heavy burden of HIV among Black Americans and target resources appropriately". I spoke with colleagues from Greater Than AIDS, a national movement to respond to the … [Read more...]

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