Register Now – Live with Leadership to Commemorate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) will host a one-year follow-up: Live with Leadership: A Conversation Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Tuesday, February 7 from 2:30–3:00 pm (ET).
- Harold Phillips, Director, The White House Office of National AIDS Policy
- Kaye Hayes, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Infectious Disease; Director of OIDP; and Executive Director of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA)
- Timothy Harrison, Principal Deputy Director, OIDP
- Ashley Cason, “I am a Work of ART” Creative Partner
This webinar will be a specific follow up on last year’s conversation focusing on HIV in Black/African American communities and provide an update on implementing the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (2022–2025) (NHAS). The session will also highlight the recent “I am a Work of ART” campaign, which highlights a group of people with HIV, who share personal stories about getting into care and using antiretroviral therapy (ART) to achieve viral suppression.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is observed annually on February 7. Governed by the Strategic Leadership Council, NBHAAD began in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. It has developed into an initiative with four key focus areas encouraging African Americans 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.
Black/African American communities are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to other racial/ethnic groups, according to CDC data. For example, in 2019, Blacks/African Americans represented 13% of the U.S. population, but 40% of people with HIV. Adult and adolescent transgender people composed 2% (669) of new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas in 2019. Most of those new HIV diagnoses were among Black/African American people. The NHAS, released on World AIDS Day 2021, designates African American gay, bisexual, other men who have sex with men, African American women, and transgender women among the priority populations disproportionately impacted by HIV. It provides a framework for reducing HIV-related disparities and health inequities in these and other communities.
National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Resources
Visit the NBHAAD Awareness Day page for resources such as the NBHAAD logo, fact sheets, and other materials from the community and across the U.S. Government. The CDC provides basic HIV facts about HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment, a digital toolkit, and Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign resources for virtual or other events.
Other HIV resources include:
- HIV Services Locator– find nearby services and testing sites.
- HIV testing information – know what to expect with different types of testing.
- CDC’s Get Tested– search for free testing resources.
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