Observed annually on February 7, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) provides an opportunity to enhance HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among African American and Black communities (hereafter referred to as Black).
Founded in 1999 and governed by the Strategic Leadership Council, NBHAAD started as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. It has evolved into an initiative that educates, brings awareness, and mobilizes the African American community. NBHAAD has four key focus areas which encourage people to:
- Get Educated about HIV.
- Get Involved in community prevention efforts.
- Get Tested to know their HIV status.
- Get Treated to receive the care needed to live with HIV.
HIV.gov will hold an important event, and your registration and participation are highly encouraged. On Monday, February 7, from 2:00–2:30p.m. (ET), the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy will host a 30-minute Live with Leadership conversation in recognition of this year’s NBHAAD. The conversation is an opportunity for participants to hear about accelerated efforts to address HIV in Black communities, progress of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative, as well as innovative programming through the Minority HIV/AIDS Fund.
Presenters will also discuss the newly released National HIV/AIDS Strategy (2022–2025) (NHAS). The updated NHAS, released on World AIDS Day, designates African American gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men, and African American women as priority populations disproportionately impacted by HIV so that federal agencies and non-federal stakeholders will focus resources on the communities and populations where the need is greatest.
The Live with Leadership conversation will feature:
- Harold Phillips, Director, The White House Office of National AIDS Policy.
- Kaye Hayes, Acting Director, Department of Health and Human Services, OIDP, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, and Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS (PACHA).
- Dr. Timothy Harrison, Deputy Director for Strategic Initiatives and Senior Policy Advisor, OIDP.
- Kayla Quimbley, National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Ambassador, Advocates for Youth and PACHA member.
You may register here to participate.
The Live with Leadership series provides opportunities to hear directly from key HHS and HIV community leaders about new and ongoing work to further the goals of Ending the HIV Epidemic and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. In 2021, topics included People, Place, Policy, & Science Matter, the 40th Anniversary of HIV, and NIH-funded research .