February 7 is National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which was first observed in 1999. This observance is a day to acknowledge how HIV disproportionately affects Black people.
Black communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services. These issues may also reduce the likelihood of engaging in HIV treatment and care. NBHAAD is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among Black communities.
This year’s theme is "Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities".
- Engage: Discussing ways to better involve the black community in HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment efforts. This can include outreach programs, community partnerships, and utilizing local leaders and influencers to promote HIV testing and destigmatize the conversation around HIV/AIDS.
- Educate: Focusing on improving HIV/AIDS education among black youth and adults. This could cover the latest research, treatment options, understanding of PrEP and PEP medications, and debunking myths that contribute to stigma and discrimination.
- Empower: Highlighting success stories and strategies that have effectively empowered black individuals living with HIV/AIDS. Empowerment can be through advocacy, policy change, access to care, and support systems.
Join My Brother’s Keeper, CDC’s Robyn Fanfair, Us Helping Us’s DeMarc Hickson, and Let’s Stop HIV Together ambassador Christopher Walker on February 7 at 2 PM ET for the NBHAAD webinar. The panel will explore this year’s theme. Register for the webinar hereExit Disclaimer!
NBHAAD Videos and Blogs
During a recent visit to the historic Frederick Douglass House in southeast Washington, DC, the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) Director, Kaye Hayes, MPA, shared her thoughts for this blog about NBHAAD, community engagement, and its importance in ending the HIV epidemic. You can read more in our blog post here.
Ms. Hayes was joined by Dr. Timothy Harrison, OIDP’s Principal Deputy Director, and LCDR Neelam “Nelly” Gazarian, PharmD, MS, AAHIVP, Policy Analyst, OIDP, and they shared information about scaling up access to HIV prevention tools, such as PrEP, NBHAAD, and challenges we face in 2024. You can read more in our blog post here.
National Black 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 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.
The CDC has a digital toolkit you can use to download more graphics like these.
Use Federal Resources
Read this post about how Digital Health Interventions Increase Adherence to HIV PrEP.
CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together (Together) campaign is the national campaign of the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. (EHE) initiative and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. Together is an evidence-based campaign created in English and Spanish. It aims to empower communities, partners, and health care providers to reduce HIV stigma and promote HIV testing, prevention, and treatment.
Learn about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.
Use AHEAD to learn how HIV disproportionately affects Black Americans.
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Find HIV Testing and Other Services
According to the CDC, encouraging people to get tested and know their HIV status can help them stay healthy. Today, there are more free, easy, fast, and confidential HIV testing options available than ever before. Get free HIV self-testing kitsExit Disclaimer.