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HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2011

February 7, 2011, marks the 11th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The purpose of this day is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community.

African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. According to the 2008 HIV Surveillance Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the 37 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting, blacks represented only 14% of the U.S. population but accounted for 52% of people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2008.

NBHAAD is a community mobilization initiative that focuses on:

  • Education about HIV/AIDS
  • Routine Testing for HIV/AIDS 
  • Involvement of African Americans in the fight against HIV/AIDS
  • HIV/AIDS Treatment for all those who need it

The theme of the 2011 NBHAAD is “It takes a village to fight HIV/AIDS.”

The links on this page provide information about NBHAAD and resources on HIV prevention, treatment, and research, including information specifically related to African Americans.


HIV/AIDS-Related Research and African Americans

FY 2011 Trans-NIH Plan and Presidential By-Pass Budget
: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV/AIDS-related research for 2011. One of the priorities of the plan is research related to specific racial and ethnic populations and HIV-related disparities. From the Office of AIDS Research (OAR), NIH.

Clinical Trials Related to HIV/AIDS in African Americans: Studies seeking volunteers to participate in research related to HIV/AIDS and African Americans, from the AIDSinfo clinical trials search. To help narrow your search for clinical trials, Live Help, a service of AIDSinfo, is available to provide one-on-one assistance via the Internet. Assistance from AIDSinfo is also available by calling 800-448-0440.

Recent Research on HIV/AIDS in African Americans: Research published in the last year concerning HIV/AIDS and African Americans, from

HIV Vaccine Research: Fact sheet describing how HIV/AIDS is affecting black communities and how African Americans can get involved in vaccine research, from NIAID.

The Legacy Project: A project that works to increase the participation of African Americans and Hispanics in HIV prevention and treatment research, from HVTN.

HIV/AIDS Statistics and Resources for African Americans

African Americans and HIV/AIDS in the United States
: Fact sheet on HIV/AIDS among African Americans including critical issues related to HIV infection, from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

HIV/AIDS Among African Americans: Statistics on the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African American community, from the Office of Minority Health (OMH).

HIV Diagnoses Disparities Among African Americans: Report on diagnoses of HIV infection in African Americans in comparison to other racial/ethnic populations, from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR).

HIV/AIDS Among African Americans
: Facts about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Surveillance by Race/Ethnicity: Slide set about the HIV/AIDS epidemic among various racial and ethnic groups, including African Americans, from CDC.

HIV Prevention Among African American Men Who Have Sex With Men: Summary of  HIV prevention initiatives among African American gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, from CDC.

HIV/AIDS Resources for African Americans

National Library of Medicine HIV/AIDS Portal: Links to information and resources related to HIV/AIDS and African Americans, from the National Library of Medicine (NLM).

HIV/AIDS Care and African Americans: Information, recommendations, and trainings on culturally competent delivery of HIV/AIDS care, from the AIDS Education and Training Center (AETC).

Featured HIV/AIDS Links for African Americans: Links to information and resources related to HIV/AIDS and African Americans, presented by the CDC NPIN.

AIDSinfo Resources

AIDSinfo and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:

HIV/AIDS Treatment Guidelines: Federally approved medical practice guidelines related to HIV/AIDS. 
HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials [en español]: Database of clinical trials designed to help patients and health care providers locate trials studying HIV/AIDS. 
HIV/AIDS Drug Information [en español]: Database of fact sheets on HIV/AIDS-related drugs.
Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms [en español]: Definitions of medical and scientific terms related to HIV/AIDS and its treatment.
HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets [en español]: Fact sheets on HIV/AIDS-related topics for persons newly diagnosed with HIV or considering starting treatment.
HIV Vaccine Information [en español]: Links to HIV vaccine clinical trials and fact sheets about therapeutic and preventive HIV vaccines.
Live Help [en español]: One-on-one assistance via the Internet to help people navigate the AIDSinfo Web site and get federally approved information on HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention research, HIV/AIDS clinical trials, and treatment guidelines. Assistance is also available by calling 800-448-0440.

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