February 7, 2017
Every year individuals and organizations across the nation participate in National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. Here are three facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will persuade you to join the effort on February 7:
- Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS.
- At the end of 2012, only 37% of African Americans living with HIV were prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART).
- In 2013, 3,742 African Americans died of HIV or AIDS, accounting for 54% of total deaths attributed to the disease that year.
To learn more, browse our National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage.