National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7, 2013, marks the 13th 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. It is directed, planned, and organized by the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Council, a group of national organizations, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
HIV/AIDS in African Americans
- In 2010, African Americans comprised 14 percent of the U.S. population but accounted for 44 percent of all new HIV infections.
- Black men represented almost one-third (31 percent) of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010. Gay and bisexual men comprised the vast majority (72 percent) of infections among black men.
- Black women accounted for 13 percent of all new HIV infections in the United States in 2010 and nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of all new infections among women. Most black women (87 percent) were infected through heterosexual sex.
Source: CDC. Fact Sheet: New HIV Infections in the United States (PDF). Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2012 [cited 2013 Jan 23]. Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/resources/factsheets/aa.htm.
- Get the facts about HIV and how it can be prevented.
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.
Distribute materials in your organization and in the community.
Spread the message through digital media.
Participate in the Twitter chat on Tuesday, February 5, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. ET. CDC leaders and the NBHAAD Strategic Leadership Council members will be online to discuss the impact of HIV and AIDS on African-American communities across the United States. Use #NBHAADchat or follow @DrDeanCDC and @CDCNPIN.
Follow NBHAAD on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube and share their postings and tweets.
Promote the Let's Stop HIV Together campaign, part of CDC's Act Against AIDS campaign to refocus national attention on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. Share the campaign videos to help fight stigma:
Share CDC's Testing Makes Us Stronger campaign, which promotes HIV testing among black gay and bisexual men, and the Take Charge. Take the Test. campaign, which encourages African-American women to be tested.
View the Empower Young Men! videos for tips on how to build the capacity of your HIV prevention programs for young men of color who have sex with men.
- Talk to your family, friends, partners, and community members about ending stigma and homophobia often related to HIV.