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National Black HIV/AIDS AwarenessFeb 7, 2012 | News Archive
February 7, 2012 marks the 12th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was founded in 1999 by five national organizations, and funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, 20,000 Blacks in the United States test positive for HIV. Currently, roughly 100,000 Blacks are living with HIV or have died from AIDS. February 7 is dedicated to four specific focal points: Education, Testing, Involvement and Treatment. AIDs Awareness advocacy groups' mission is to raise awareness of why getting tested is so important, what free and confidential facilities are available, and other resources to seek , including medical and social groups for more help.
Healthy Black Communities (HBC) is a lead organization that is working to oversee the initiative, coordinating communication via email and other social media outreach strategies. According to their statistics, over 19,000 people living within Philadelphia are infected with AIDS and HIV. An average of 1,200 new infections occur annually, and the HIV rate in Philadelphia is 5 times the national average , including the highest north of Washington D.C. One out of every 50 African Americans in Philadelphia is HIV positive.
To Get More Information About National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Check Out This Website To Learn About The Sponsors And How You Can Get Involved. http://www.blackaidsday.org/ or http://www.bebashi.org/?page_id=48