31 Jan 2017 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is observed on February 7th each year to bring awareness to the impact HIV/AIDS has had on the black community. The 2017 theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”
“What does it mean to be “Our Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper?” One way this can be interpreted is that a sister or brother takes responsibility for the others behavior. It means taking care of them and not ignoring their problem, it also means being concerned with someone else besides you. You keep him or her from harm. As a woman living with HIV, the way I do my sisterly duty is by speaking for those women who have yet to find their voices. I take this charge seriously because I AM my Sister’s Keeper!”-Gina Brown for AIDS United
Here’s how you can be involved:
Fast Facts – Did you know?
- More than 1.2 million people 13 years and older in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 7 (14%) are unaware of their infection and more than 500,000 are black.
- African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most disproportionately affected by HIV.
- Gay and bisexual men account for majority new infections among African Americans; young gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 are the most affected of this group.
- The rate of new HIV infection in among Blacks is 8 times that of whites based on the US population size.
- In 2012, HIV was the 14th leading cause of death for all Blacks and the 5th leading cause of death for Black men and women ages 25-44.
- In 2012, an estimated 14,102 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US, a number that has slowly decreased since 2008.
- In 2012 Blacks represented approximately 12% of the US population and represented 47% of all new HIV infections.
- HIV is 100% preventable!
Testing is critical for prevention of HIV in Black communities. The CDC recommends that everyone aged 15 through 64 should get tested one time, regardless of their risk factors. People who have occasional exposure to HIV risks should be tested at least once a year. People who are at high risk for HIV infection should get tested every 3 to 6 months. You can walk-in The DOCK Clinic anytime, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. through 6:30 p.m. or schedule an appointment by calling 760-992-0492.
With your help, Get Tested Coachella Valley can dramatically reduce the spread of HIV in our community. From outreach at events to distributing campaign info and marching in parades, your support can help us create a healthier community. Learn more about how to get involved with Get Tested Coachella Valley here.
For those who have HIV, the connections to treatment and care services are paramount. Seeing a doctor and receiving care, and taking prescribed HIV medicines helps individuals stay healthy and reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to others. Without treatment, HIV leads to AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and can lead to early death. Learn more about the different services at Desert AIDS Project, including primary medical care, HIV-specialty care, case management, and more by clicking here or calling 760-323-2118.