TODAY, February 7, 2014 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
While I’ve written articles on this blog before about anyone who is sexually active getting tested for HIV, as a Black man I happen to know that many in my ethnic group, particularly the younger dudes, whom I affectionately refer to as youngbloods, simply neglect or refuse to take certain precautions with their sexual activity and they either neglect or refuse to get tested. Let me note that one does not need to wait for some designated day on the calendar to learn more about HIV/AIDS or to get tested. The information and the testing and treatment facilities are nationwide and available year round.
Anyway, it isn’t my intention to post some long write-up about this day but instead will simply let the promo picture speak for itself and beneath it include a couple of information links. Please… pass it along.
Why is there a need for this day?
Black Americans face a higher risk of HIV infection compared to other groups in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half of all new infections in 2009 were Black Americans — that is 8 times the rate of White Americans. Men who have sex with men (MSM) face the greatest risk of HIV. In fact, young black MSM have more new infections each year than any other group. Check online to see what events are happening in your area.
For more information, visit www.NationalBlackAIDSDay.org and this link featuring a page specifically aimed at LGBTQ youth: www.impactprogram.org.
Ref: IMPACT: The LGBT Health & Development Program website (edited)