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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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February 7, 2011 marks the 11th year of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day. This initiative is targeted directly at the mobilization of black communities, to increase awareness through education, testing and treatment. There are five national organizations which partner with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to oversee this yearly initiative; Alliances for Quality Education Inc.; Healthy Black Communities Inc. ; Multi-Cultural Addiction Networks, Inc.; My Brother's Keeper, Inc. and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. Every year communities plan events and activities which raise awareness on HIV and getting tested.

Since the AIDS epidemic began in 1981, Blacks have been disproportionately affected. More than any other ethnic group in the United States, Blacks account for more new HIV infections, AIDS cases, people estimated to be living with HIV disease, and HIV related deaths. Even though Blacks make up 13% of the US population, Blacks account for about half (49%) of the people who get HIV and AIDS.

There are a number of the challenges when it comes to preventing HIV in Black communities;

  • Sexual risk factors which include high-risk sexual contact such as unprotected sex with multiple partners or unprotected sex with persons known to have or be at a high risk for HIV infection. A number of people are unaware of their own and their partner's status.In a recent study of men who have sex with men (MSM) in five cities, 46% of the Black MSM were HIV-positive and 67% of those men were unaware of their infection.
  • Injection drug use increases the rate of infection for Blacks. Sharing unclean needles is a risk and substance abuse users are more likely to engage in unprotected sex under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol.
  • STDs continue to be experienced at higher rates within Black communities, more so than any other race/ethnicity in the United States.
  • Stigma, a “negative social label that identifies people as deviant”, also puts too many Blacks at a high risk of infection. Any behavior deemed deviant (i.e. MSM) has been highly stigmatized. Many at risk for HIV infection fear stigma more than knowing their status, choosing instead to hide their high-risk behavior rather than seek counseling and testing. Therefore continuing to be at risk of contracting and passing it on to infect others.
  • The socioeconomic issues associated with poverty, including limited access to high quality healthcare, housing and HIV prevention education may directly or indirectly increase the risk factors for HIV infection for Black people.

Great strides have been made in terms of educating the public, but as the statistics show, much more work needs to be done. This crisis affects all of us, directly or indirectly, and it will take all of our efforts to defeat it.

Get Tested!


Tarrant County Public Health-Free HIV/Syphilis Testing @ the Health Department www.tarrantcounty.com

AIDS Outreach Center-Free Testing 400 N Beach, Fort Worth, Texas www.aoc.org

UT Southwestern Medical Center, HIV Testing 400 S Zang Blvd, Dallas, Texas www.utsouthwestern.edu

Comments

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Racists rejoice the day is only for the chosen black population no others need apply for assistance.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Nobody else has it. Call it the litmus test.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Butt holes and drugs cause AIDS. Poverty has nothing to do with it.

  • Suspicious other 3 years ago

    Why do we not have a "WHITE" HIV awareness day? I am offended. It is just plain bigoted to have anything, save for sickle cell anemia, to be separated in society like this. Why does it have to be about race?

  • bquinn 3 years ago

    Wow aids is raciest now how original, did not know a disease could pull the race card what's this world coming to.

  • Gimme a break 3 years ago

    If it is socio-economic, and blacks have overwhelmingly voted Democrat for decades and decades, why haven't (or aren't) the Dem's making things socio-economically better? What exactly has the jack ass party done for people of color? Looking at predominately black areas that are staunchly democrat, Detroit, New Orleans, Atlanta, Cleveland, D.C., and countless other areas across the country, things are getting worse. Now, if they (Dem's) are in control, why do black people continue getting urinated on and just accept it as rain? Wake up from your slumber, and quit voting for poverty. Quit voting for the same slave masters who don't give a rip about you.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    I'm seriously getting tired of this. Do other races not get Aids? Black history month, BET, NAACP, NBNA. And People wonder why racism won't go away. Well, why don't the people who are supposedly discriminated against stop perpetuating it. Are we all one people or not? Keep separating and using demagoguery.

    I've never been a racist, but some of these organizations and associations sure make other races resentful. FYI

  • anonymous 3 years ago

    you're being silly. We live in a white dominated country and world for that matter. Blacks have have and still is burdened with the grunt of all the negative issues ( socioeconomic, health, education)
    The Black terminology for all these organizations and programs calls to alarm the people who needs it most. You attack the fire where it's flaming the most.
    white get aids too of curse but for 13% of the population with almost 50% of HIV/AIDS cases; blacks really need the blunt of the effort; that what these terminology does.
    Stop being so sensitive, you live in a white majority country. you don't need oranisatitons like these

  • fred 3 years ago

    It shows people don't understand or refuse to acknowledge the history of this country.
    Black people need these organization to help their plight for true equity.
    They champion black issues and bring troubling issues to the forefront to be confronted. We can not fix what we don't face and white America will never tackle these issues facing blacks; after all they are minimally affected by them.
    White people you are so quick to say you're tired of these Black Organizations, I wonder if blacks were not tired of 400 years of slavery, then decades of segregation and legal discrimination. It was systems like the NAACP that help us get out of segregation but I suppose we should disband it like with all the other black initiatives because you see no benefit to you as a white person. You all are funny !

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    'Deviant Black' is redundant. Deviants check D for race on the census form. Devians have AIDS, aka 'slim disease' like Obama. The slimmer you get, the higher you jump. Now you know why white guys can't jump. White guys don't get AIDS.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Speaking of the movie, "White Men Can't Jump," can anyone imagine if there was a movie called, "Black Men Can't Swim"? I'm not even trying to be funny or racist. I'm just tired of the double standard. This BS has gone on too long.

    OK, the Civil Rights Act of 64, it was a good step. However, it's 2011. If anything, protected classes have too much help and assistance. No one takes responsibility for themselves.

  • GHR 3 years ago

    We need HIV/AIDS education. It's very important!! CDC has granted CSU $1.9M for HIV/AIDS education. The number of members on the largest HIV dating&support site STDslove. com (if I spell the site correctly) has reached 650,000. OMG! Why so many guys and girls on the site are very sexy? Why so many sexy people are infected by HIV? There is no doubt that we need SEX-ED

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Not a race thing, HIV/AIDS doesn't care.

    It took strong (not PC) leadership and zero tolerance in identifying who was most at risk of spreading HIV/AIDS and isolated them from the rest of the population ( as one should with an infections disease epedemic) . Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe said that "Those who engage in homosexual behaviour are just crazy. It's just madness. Insanity." Mugabe has been uncompromising in his opposition to homosexuality. In September 1995, Zimbabwe's parliament introduced legislation banning homosexual acts. In 1997, a court found Canaan Banana, Mugabe's predecessor and the first President of Zimbabwe, guilty of 11 counts of sodomy and indecent assault.
    Perhaps this is the reason why the WHO is amazed at the surprisingly decline of HIV effected cases.

  • Anonymous 3 years ago

    Yet another article- underscored by some comments that keep insisting that HIV does not target one race over another. Politically correct by scientifically INCORRECT:
    aura Wrzeski
    Genetically, people with sub-Saharan heritage are MORE VULNERABLE to be infected with HIV/AIDS if exposed to it:
    http://www.britannica.com/bps/additionalcontent/18/48836972/Is-There-a-G...

    The link above explains how a gene protective against a type of malaria endemic in sub-Saharan Africa COINCIDENTALLY makes an individual who carries that gene more vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.

    Genetically, Caucasians are LESS VULNERABLE to be infected with HIV/AIDS if exposed to it:
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/evolution/library/10/4/l_104_05.html

    The link above explains that many people of European ancestry carry a gene that is protective against Bubonic Plague. That same mutation is, just coincidentally, somewhat protective against HIV/AIDS

    Why these two glaringly significant FACTS that explain a great part of the differences why the AA community has suffered most from the spread of HIV/AIDS are not screamed from the rooftops all over our nation is OUTRAGEOUS. Every AA kid ought to be told, loudly and clearly, that s/he may be more likely to contract HIV/AIDS than the white kid sitting at the next desk simply because of a tiny genetic difference.