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.