February 7, 2018
Every year individuals and organizations across the nation participate in National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- Compared to other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever receiving a diagnosis of AIDS.
- In 2015, 48% (8,702) of AIDS diagnoses in the United States were among African Americans.
- In 2014, 3,591 African Americans died of HIV or AIDS, accounting for 53% of total deaths attributed to the disease that year in the United States.