Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to increase awareness about HIV among African Americans as well as a call to action to get involved in prevention, testing, and treatment efforts.
African Americans continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), if current trends continue 1 in 16 African American men and 1 in 32 African American women will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. Gay and bisexual men account for the majority new infections among African Americans with young gay and bisexual men ages 13 to 24 being the most affected within this group.
We can do better. Today we call on health advocates, civic leaders and our community to recommit themselves to the fight against HIV.
- Get educated: Get the facts about HIV and understand the risks for transmission. Also learn more about PrEP and how it can prevent the transmission of HIV. Click here to learn more about PrEP.
- Get tested: People engaging in sexual activity should be tested every 3 months. Click here to find a testing location near you.
- Get in care or stay in care: If you’re HIV positive and currently not seeing a doctor, find a provider today. The sooner you get in care and start taking medication the better. If you were engaged in care in past but aren’t now, reconnect with your provider or find a new provider and discuss the goals for your health. Click here to get connected to HIV care and support services near you.
- Be healthy: Once you become virally suppressed, you can no longer transmit HIV and can live a long, high quality life. Click here to learn more about undetectable=untransmittable.