February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

shavonarlineBy Shavon Arline, Director of the NAACP's Health Programs

This Sunday, February 7 marks the tenth annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Established in 1999 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in collaboration with five national organizations serving the African American community, NBHAAD provides community organizations, local governments, faith organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and take action about on the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on African Americans. African Americans have been disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS since the epidemic's beginning, and that disparity has deepened over time. African Americans account for:

  • more new HIV infections,
  • more AIDS cases,
  • more people estimated to be living with HIV disease, and
  • more HIV-related deaths .

....than any other racial/ethnic group in the U.S.