Tuesday, February 7, 2012

National Black AIDS Awareness Day

Today is an important day for awareness of the AIDS epidemic disproportionately affecting the Black community. One of the worst things we can do is to ignore AIDS and ignore the impact it has had among Black Americans.

"While only representing 14% of the U.S. population, Blacks account for 44% of all new HIV infections, according to the most recent information collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2009. We are the most disproportionately impacted racial/ethnic group across all sub-populations (e.g., men, women, youth, MSM) in the United States – at all stages of the disease – from new infections to deaths." 

Get informed, Get involved, Get tested. 

There are plenty of free HIV/AIDS testing sites around Nashville. Park Center offers free testing, and we also have a case management team specifically for Black HIV/AIDS-at-risk adults. The First Response Center, founded by the awesome Ed Sanders, is also a great resource.

Let's all stop ignoring the subject and start working together to erase stigma and erase HIV/AIDS in our communities.

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