amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7 marks the 12th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a grassroots initiative aimed at mobilizing the African-American community in the fight against AIDS. Events across the country will provide HIV/AIDS education and encourage African-Americans to get tested and seek treatment, if necessary.

Black Americans are the most disproportionately impacted racial/ethnic group across all sub-populations (e.g., men, women, youth, MSM) in the country. African-Americans accounted for 44 percent of new HIV infections diagnosed in 2009, although they comprise only 14 percent of the population. Additionally, the HIV infection rate among African-American women is 15 times higher than the rate among white women.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day offers an opportunity for community groups, government agencies, and healthcare providers to focus attention on African-Americans’ vulnerability to HIV and the challenges they face living with the virus. This year, Greater Than AIDS, a media movement raising awareness about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American community, will announce an exciting new collaboration with black celebrities. For more information on this announcement, visit www.greatthanaids.org, and to find event listings, visit www.nationalblackaidsday.org.