National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – February 7th!
Published: January 24, 2018
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment among Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. The NBHAAD initiative leverages a national platform to educate, bring awareness, and mobilize the Black community. NBHAAD has four key focus areas with the objectives of:
- Education: Distribute information about HIV and AIDS within targeted communities
- Involvement: Increase the number of Blacks involved in local HIV/AIDS prevention events/activities
- Testing: Establish February 7th as an annual day for community prevention efforts including HIV testing
- Treatment: Provide access to the continuum of care needed to live with HIV/AIDS
Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS.
At the end of 2012, only 37% of African Americans living with HIV were prescribed antiretroviral therapy. In 2013, 3,742 African Americans died of HIV or AIDS, accounting for 54% of total deaths attributed to the disease that year.
In observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Medical Advocacy & Outreach (MAO) and its community partners will be hosting a week-long series of community and educational events we hope you will consider supporting that also build public moment for the 2018 Breaking Barriers Summit on February 8 and 9, 2018. Each activity or event will help engage supporters through informative and entertaining ways. We hope you will be able to join us. CLICK HERE for the activity calendar you can print and share.