On Sunday, February 7th, The Black Church and HIV initiative will recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a day which aims to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS within the Black community, educate our brothers and sisters about testing, care and treatment, and activate us to take action in the fight against this epidemic. The African American community bears the largest burden of the HIV epidemic over any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Despite representing just 13% of the total U.S. population, African Americans account for almost half (44%) of all new HIV infections, and comprise nearly half (43%) of all people living with HIV.
The HIV epidemic has influenced every aspect of the Black community for those both infected and affected. Let us not be afraid to engage friends, family, and community members in conversations about the importance of knowing your status, seeking counseling and treatment after being tested positive, and staying informed about the epidemic to help reduce the stigma and misconception associated with the virus.
We ask that you join the NBHAAD conversation on social media using the hashtag #NBHAAD and help The Black Church and HIV spread awareness about the disparate impact of HIV in the Black community.
To learn more about The Black Church and HIV initiative and how to get involved, visit www.TheBlackChurchandHIV.org.