Did You Know? (info according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)
- In 2009, African-Americans accounted for 44% of all new HIV infections
- Almost 20,000 black men and women test positive for HIV every year
- 1 in 16 black men and 1 in 32 black women will be diagnosed with HIV infection in their lifetimes
In 1999, five grassroots organizations established National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Celebrated February 7, African-Americans are urged to use the day to focus on four points:
- Get Educated. Learn the facts about HIV/AIDS and how it impacts your community.
- Get Tested. This is important for those who are sexually active and/or high risk for contracting HIV. Know your status every year.
- Get Involved. Find others in your community to help spread the word and host events to promote HIV/AIDS awareness.
- Get Treated. Help those living with HIV, or those who test positive, connected to the resources they need.
To find a testing site near you, visit www.hivtest.org
- National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (National Organization)
- Article: HIV Among African Americans (CDC)