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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2014, marks the 14th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a national HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization initiative focused on African-American communities. This year’s theme is "I am My Brother's and Sister's Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!" Join the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Committee and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help acknowledge this important day by raising awareness and increasing education on preventing HIV.

HIV/AIDS in African Americans

  • While blacks represent approximately 14 percent of the U.S. population, the latest CDC estimates show that they account for almost half (44 percent) of all new infections in the United States each year as well as almost half (44 percent) of all people living with HIV.
  • Black men account for almost one-third (31 percent) of all new HIV infections in the United States.
  • Young black men who have sex with men now account for more new infections than any other subgroup by race/ethnicity, age, and gender.
  • Black women accounted for 13 percent of all new HIV infections and the majority (64 percent) of all new infections among women overall.

Take Action!

  1. Get Educated!
    Learn the facts about HIV and how it can be prevented. Talk to your family, friends, partners, and community members about ending stigma and homophobia, often a contributor to greater risk for HIV.
  2. Get Involved!
    Plan or participate in an HIV awareness and testing event. Collective action by everyone affected or infected by HIV is one of our most powerful weapons against this epidemic.
    • Review the toolkit for resources to guide your activity planning.
    • Register to host an event. You'll be able to order materials and publish your event on the Web site.
    • Find an event near you.

    Distribute materials in your organization and in the community.
    Spread the message through digital media.
  3. Get Tested!
    Having an HIV test is the only way to know if you have HIV.

  4. Get Treated!
    Thanks to better treatments, people with HIV are now living longer—and with a better quality of life—than ever before. If you are living with HIV, it’s important to make choices that keep you healthy and protect others.

NPIN Resources

  • Download materials to support your NBHAAD activities from NPIN's materials database.
  • Add or update your HIV testing site listing using our online form.

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