Mark your calendars and set the date. February 7, 2019, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on February 7th to emphasize the continuing disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on the U.S. black/African American population.
In 2014, non-Hispanic blacks represented 12% of the U.S. population (1), and the estimated 471,500 blacks living with diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV infection accounted for 43% of all persons living with diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV (2). In 2016, blacks represented 12% of the U.S. population (1), and blacks with new HIV diagnoses accounted for 44% of all new HIV diagnoses.
- 17,528 African Americans received an HIV diagnosis in the United States (12,890 men and 4,560 women).
- More than half (58%, 10,223) of African Americans who received an HIV diagnosis were gay or bisexual men.
- Among African American gay and bisexual men who received an HIV diagnosis, 39% (3,993) were young men aged 25 to 34.
- Forty-seven percent (8,501) of those who received an AIDS diagnosis in the United States were African American.
It’s time to mobilize and talk about this devastating disease, so we can make a difference. PALSS will commemorate NBHAAD by offering FREE and CONFIDENTIAL Rapid HIV Testing (10 minutes) and STI screening on February 5, 2019 between the hours of 10am and 8pm by walk-in only.