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NBHAAD is Feb. 7th
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7, 2014 and was first observed in 1999. Get your HIV test.
The Strategic Leadership Council plans and implements this observance. The 2014 theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”.
If you test positive for HIV the most important first step is to see medical doctor to get on treatment and in care, even if you don’t feel sick. The Department of Health and Human Services recommends anyone who is HIV positive go on antiretroviral treatment as soon as they are diagnosed. Antiretroviral treatments work to lower the amount of HIV in the body which, when taken regularly, means better health, a longer life, and less chance of spreading the disease to others. Early diagnosis and treatment can also delay the progression of HIV to AIDS.
HIV affects all people, but some communities have been particularly hard hit. Of the more than 1.1 million Americans living with HIV today, half are Black.
Black Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV relative to their share of the U.S. population, accounting for 44% of all new infections in the U.S. while representing just 12% of the population. The epidemic has touched many lives. According to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, three in five Black Americans now know someone living with HIV or who has died of AIDS.