On February 7, we recognize National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), a day dedicated to uniting and mobilizing communities to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care and treatment among Blacks in the U.S. and across the Diaspora. Despite the considerable progress that has been made, African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2014, almost half (44%) of all new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. were among African Americans, who represent only 12% of the nation’s population. Significant regional disparities also exist, with nearly two-thirds of those newly diagnosed living in the Southern U.S. If current HIV diagnoses rates continue, 1 in 48 black women and 1 in 20 black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Black men who have sex with men (MSM) face the highest risk, with a 1 in 2 chance of being diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. These alarming estimates underscore the urgent need to scale up strategies to increase access to HIV testing, prevention and care among Black Americans.
As part of our observance of NBHAAD, AIDSVu is pleased to feature a blog post by Phill Wilson, Founder and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute and AIDSVu Advisory Committee Member, with his reflections and insights on the impact of HIV on the Black community. Click here to read his post. As he notes, “Essential to ending this epidemic is education, awareness, and action. Grassroots, community-driven efforts are key to making meaningful progress.”
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