This observance is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.
The first National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was marked in 1999 as a grassroots-education effort to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in communities of color.
This year’s theme, “We’re in This Together,” promotes working collectively to stop HIV stigma & encourage HIV prevention, testing, & treatment in black communities.
When people feel love and unconditional support, they may be more likely to get tested for HIV, seek care, and stay in treatment. Let your family and friends know they are not alone.
We’re in this together, because everyone can support their friends and family in becoming happy, healthy, and whole. From our churches to our homes, let’s empower people in our community to get tested for HIV, seek treatment, and stay in care.
How can we improve the health of our community? By making sure biases and misinformation don’t keep people from getting tested and accessing care. We all have a part to play in ending the cycle of HIV stigma.
Whether it’s going with a friend to get tested or having a talk with your partner about PrEP, knowing “We’re in This Together” can make a world of difference.
This National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, how are you creating safe spaces for real conversations?
Remember, we’re in this together!
#NBHAAD #StopHIVStigma #StopHIVTogether
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