February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7, 2020
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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is being observed this year on Friday, February 7. This year’s NBHAAD theme, “Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma,” highlights the messages of the CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign. According to CDC, the campaign is designed to raise awareness that we all have a role to play in stopping HIV stigma within the Black community.

CDC’s latest HIV surveillance data:

•             In 2018, Blacks/African Americans (African Americans) accounted for 42% of HIV diagnoses, despite making up 12% of the U.S. population.

•             The HIV diagnosis rate among African Americans (39.3 per 100,000) was about eight times higher than that in Whites and Asian Americans (4.9 and 4.7 per 100,000, respectively) during 2018.

•             The approximately 9,500 new HIV diagnoses among African American gay and bisexual men accounted for fully one-quarter (25%) of all U.S. HIV diagnoses during 2018, and nearly 60% of all new diagnoses among African Americans.

•             Over 41% of the approximately 1 million people living with HIV in the U.S. were African Americans in 2017 – the latest year for which prevalence data are available.

•             In 2017, there were a total of 7,049 deaths among African Americans with an HIV diagnosis, accounting for 44% of the total U.S. deaths among persons diagnosed with HIV infection in that year.

To help you and your patients or clients prepare for and mark NBHAAD, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS in the Black/African American community.

Fact Sheets and Reports

HIV Among African Americans. Brief CDC fact sheet.

HIV in the United States and Dependent Areas. This brief CDC fact sheet includes information on the disproportionately high number of new HIV diagnoses among African American men and women.

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018. This 129-page CDC report includes detailed information about HIV and AIDS cases and deaths among Blacks/African Americans and other racial/ethnic groups. Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, HIV transmission category, and geographic region.

Black Americans and HIV/AIDS: The Basics. This 7-page annotated fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation was updated in 2019. It provides detailed information on HIV/AIDS among Black Americans in the following topic areas: key facts, overview, transmission, women and young people, gay and bisexual men, geography, and HIV testing and access to prevention and care.

Selected Organizations and Websites

Black AIDS InstituteThe Black AIDS Institute is a leading organization addressing HIV/AIDS among Black Americans. Their website provides detailed information about the range of programs and services offered by the Institute.

NMAC: The NMAC website has extensive resources in support of its mission to develop leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These include news, program listings, conference information, and a resource library.

HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans: This section on TheBody.com website has links to numerous resources about HIV/AIDS in the African American community, as well as links to recent news articles, opinion pieces, and personal stories.