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What to Know for This Year’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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This year’s theme is “Together…We Can Make HIV Black History!”

First observed in 1999, February 7 is the National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). Each year, the Strategic Leadership Council plans the events and utilizes the observance day to acknowledge how HIV disproportionately affects Black people.

According to, the Black communities have made great strides in reducing HIV transmission, yet still face racism, discrimination, and mistrust among the healthcare systems. Issues like these increase the probability that Black people will avoid engaging in HIV treatment and care.

The NBHAAD acts as an opportunity to increase the HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment amongst the Black communities.

The theme this year, “Together…We Can Make HIV Black History!” will be a “virtual think tank that aims to fuel strategic efforts in Black communities to end the HIV epidemic.”

These topics will focus on enhancing HIV awareness in social and service sectors, discussing the HIV stigma in sectors that serve or impact Black communities, and giving insight for social nuances and resources that help the community get HIV testing, treatment and prevention.

The Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS policy is also hosting a Live Leadership Webinar that acts as a follow-up to last year’s NBHAAD conversation. Last years topic focused on HIV in the Black/African American communities and provided an update on implementing the Ending the HIV Epidemic in the U.S. initiative and the National HIV/AIDS strategy (2022-2025).

My Brother’s Keeper, along with the CDC, will also be hosting a virtual town hall on February 7 at 3 PM ET. 

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