February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative to encourage Blacks across the United States to get educated, tested, treated, and involved with HIV/AIDS prevention. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012, an estimated 14,102 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US, a number that has slowly decreased since 2008. By the end of 2011, an estimated 265,812 Blacks with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the US. In 2012, HIV was the 14th leading cause of death for all Blacks and the 5th leading cause of death for both Black men and Black women ages 35–44. Learn more from the CDC about the rates of HIV/AIDS. Join with us in increasing awareness by utilizing the NBHAAD website to access an Event Planning Toolkit, which can assist you with planning an event or activity.
On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, February 7th, let’s make a difference with this devastating disease!