Each year, National HIV Testing Day is an opportunity to reflect on my journey as a Black, gay man, living healthy with HIV. Simply because, getting that HIV test 31 years ago saved my life.
HIV is no longer considered an automatic death sentence. However, despite advances in science and treatment, too many Black Americans are getting infected, getting sick and dying every day. Black, gay and bisexual men have a 50% lifetime infection rate. Black women still represent 61% of the new infections among women. This is why the Black AIDS Institute (BAI) has created a national, digital campaign for Black communities - “30 Days Of HIV.”
Online Community Calendar: A curated online resource that features HIV and health-related events for Black communities from May 27-June 27. Organizations planning health fairs, HIV-testing or other outreach activities during this timeframe are invited to submit the events for inclusion. View events and submit yours here: https://blackaids.org/news-and-events/events/
In The Life: An Instagram, daily, storytelling series to highlight life experiences of Black gay/same gender loving/bi-sexual/self-identified men and trans men. Featured daily through 30 Days of HIV, these stories aim to defy the stereotypes surrounding men of color and tell their stories in their words. View stories, selection criteria and submit here: blackaids.org/in-the-life
Daily Actions: To motivate Black communities and those who serve them, BAI is posting a daily call to action. Starting May 27, these actions posted on social media are intended to also generate conversation around each action and its impact.
We understand that organizations may need support using social media and getting involved with 30 Days Of HIV. For this, we will host a social media webinar on Tuesday, June 6, at 2:30 P.M ET. Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/2371537012841354499