World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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Of all racial and ethnic groups in the U.S., blacks are the hardest hit by HIV and AIDS. According to the CDC's Dr. Kevin Fenton,
“The latest estimates indicate that while blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly half of new HIV infections...The harsh reality is that 1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime, as will 1 in 30 black women.”
This issue is important to all of us. So we're interrupting our series on texting medication and appointment reminders to call your attention to National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) which is observed on February 7.
The Strategic Leadership Council , which is comprised of nine key national organizations, plans and guides implementation of NBHAAD. Working in partnership with the CDC, the Council combines new and traditional media to promote awareness of, and access to, HIV/AIDS services for black Americans. Council member LaMont “Montee” Evans, CEO of Healthy Black Communities , told us, “Utilizing new media––particularly social networking websites (e.g., Facebook and MySpace ) has allowed us to market and raise awareness in the technological world. We can't rely solely on traditional venues to promote our activities and events. At some point, new and traditional media have to marry, and we believe we have established an excellent courting thus far.”
Please leave a comment and let us know how you plan to get involved in NBHAAD.
Next week, we'll return to our series on using text messages for HIV appointment and medication reminders.