HIV Advocates Supports National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is February 7th Get Involved!


February 7th comes by once every year, but for too many it is just another day on the calendar. Just another one of the 365 days that each of us lives through every year. But, the problem of HIV/AIDS in the African American community is anything but a normal problem. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was created to change the meaning of February 7th forever.

Since 1999, February 7th has marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to motivate African Americans to fight back against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Unfortunately, for many complex reasons, HIV and AIDS have affected African Americans at a higher rate than other racial groups which makes NBHAAD vitally important.

untitledThe four-pronged approach outlined by the governing body for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is as follows:

    • Education – teach African Americans about HIV and AIDS to help prevent spread of the disease


  • Involvement – the more people working against HIV/AIDS, the better
  • Testing – the only way to know your HIV status is to be tested, and tested regularly


  • Treatment – people should know they aren’t alone and that they will be supported and treated in the face of HIV hardship

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will only succeed if more people participate. The onus is on the African American community to protect itself and future generations and one way to unite is through NBHAAD. For more information and resources, visit the NBHAAD website at

Help spread education and hope and stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the African American community. Celebrate National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by hosting an event, getting tested, or educating yourself about the problem.


HIV Advocates which is a global initiative that aims to share news, experiences, strategies and new tools that aim to energize human rights movements and communities fighting HIV/AIDS, is the answer. Supported by Levi Strauss Foundation and powered by B-Change Foundation,  HIV Advocates encourages existing and would-be activists to explore the power of social media and other Internet avenues to help spread the message across – that discrimination and stigma no longer have any place in society and that society should accept the LGBT community members as they are.


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