National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day, February 7th, 2013
“Our Ancestors Fought So That We Might Be Free-Even From HIV”
February 7, 2013 marks the 13th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora.
There are four specific focal points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment.
*Educationally, the focus is to get Blacks educated about the basics of HIV/AIDS in their local communities.
*Testing is at the core of this initiative, as it is hoped that Blacks will mark February 7 of every year as their annual or bi-annual day to get tested for HIV. This is vital for those who are sexually active and those at high risk of contracting HIV.
*When it comes to community and organization leadership, getting Blacks involved to serve is another key focus. We need Black people from all walks of life, economic classes, literacy levels, shades and tones as well as communities (large and small) to get connected to the work happening on the ground in their local areas.
*And lastly, for those living with HIV or newly testing positive for the virus, getting them connected to treatment and care services becomes paramount.
We cannot lead Black people towards HIV/AIDS education, prevention, testing, leadership or treatment unless you love them. And, we can’t save Black people from an epidemic unless we serve Black people.
To find a testing location close to you if an event is not listed here, go to http://hivtest.cdc.gov/