Ahead of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) on Feb. 7, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released a toolkit that includes information about testing, treatment and tips for reducing the stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDS.
Observed annually on Feb. 7, NBHAAD aims to address the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS in the Black community. According to the Center for Disease Control, the Black community has been disproportionately impacted by the epidemic since it was introduced in the late 1980s.
In spite of the medical, scientific and social advancements in HIV/AIDS management and mitigation, Black people still account for the highest proportion of Americans living with HIV, receiving new HIV diagnoses and being diagnosed with AIDS each year. In 2018, Black people accounted for 42% of new HIV diagnoses while being less than 13% of the total population in the US and dependent areas. The number of Black cis women living with HIV is the highest among cisgender women of all races/ethnicities.
"This Black History Month follows a significant shift in political leadership that we hope will lead to a renewed focus on ending HIV transmission, increasing support for people living with HIV, and reducing stigma," said NBJC Executive Director David J. Johns in a statement. "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is an opportunity for Black peopleand those who profess to love usto recommit to addressing the disproportionate impact that HIV/AIDS continues to have throughout diverse Black communities.
""We hope this toolkit will help everyone participate in this critically important effort. We know that coordinated and concerned efforts to address a crisis make meaningful breakthroughs in democratized health care possible, we're witnessing in the response to the novel coronavirus. This NBHAAD my hope is we celebrate Black History Month by committing to doing things that we know will dramatically improve lived experiences and life outcomes for all Black lives."
The toolkit is at nbjc.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/NBHAAD-2021-Toolkit-web.pdf .