National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7, 2013. Blacks represent about 14% of the U.S. population, but over 40% of the nation’s new HIV infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention (CDC).
On this commemorative day, Black people are encouraged to:
- Get educated
- Get tested
- Get involved
- Get treated, if warranted
Educationally, the focus is to get Blacks educated about the basics of HIV/AIDS in their local communities. Testing is at the core of this initiative, as it is hoped that Blacks will mark February 7 of every year as a day to get tested for HIV. This is vitally important for those who are sexually active and those at high risk of contracting HIV. Getting those living with HIV or recently-tested positive for the virus connected to treatment and care services is paramount. For more information, go to the Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center section of this website and visit www.NationalBlackAIDSDay.org.