Youth Blog > Today is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
NBHAAD is an effort to help African Americans fight HIV/AIDS. The goal is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment within African American communities.
Why is there a need for this day?
African Americans face a higher risk of HIV infection compared to other groups in the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that nearly half of all new infections in 2009 were African American — that is 8 times the rate of white Americans.
Men who have sex with men (MSM) face the greatest risk of HIV. In fact, young black MSM have more new infections each year than any other group.
What can you do?
• Get educated. Learn how to protect yourself from HIV/AIDS. Remember that HIV is 100% preventable.
• Get tested. Knowing your HIV status can save lives!
• Get involved. Raise awareness about HIV in your community. Donate your time and support organizations that work in African American communities.
• Get treated. If you are living with HIV or newly diagnosed, get connected to treatment and care services.
Are there NBHAAD events near me?
Check online to see what events are happening in your area.
For more information, visit www.NationalBlackAIDSDay.org.
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2013). National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Retrieved from http://www.cdc.gov/features/blackhivaidsawareness/.