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AAALI Supports National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

In support of the 12th Annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), all nineteen Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI) partners hosted a community forum on February 7 at the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum in Washington D.C. The theme for the event was "In Search of a Black Solution: What Do We Say?" and explored the historic accomplishments and challenges African Americans have experienced addressing health disparities.

The event was moderated by renowned journalist, George Curry, and featured a welcome by U.S. Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA) and presentations about AAALI, its role in HIV prevention, and the history of black health in America. The presentations were followed by a question and answer session and panel discussion with the following speakers:

  • Rashidah Abdul Khabeer, RN, MHS, Deputy Director, Circle of Care and Founder of BEBASHI
  • Carolyn L. Massey, Director, New Samaritan Baptist Church POSITIVE IMPACT Ministry
  • Stephen B. Thomas, PhD, FAAHB, Professor, Dept. of Health Services Administration and Director University of Maryland Center for Health Equity

CDC hosted several additional activities in support of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

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CDC hosted a series of Twitterviews, or interview-style question and answer sessions, with CDC leadership and other CDC partners via Twitter (@talkHIV).

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On Monday, February 6, @talkHIV interviewed the Magic Johnson Foundation (@MagicJohnsonFDN). The Twitterview covered Mr. Earvin "Magic" Johnson's work as an HIV/AIDS activist, addressed rumors about his health, and revealed how he's managing his life with HIV. Mr. Johnson also discussed the importance of getting tested for HIV, seeking treatment early if HIV positive, addressing misconceptions about HIV and people living with HIV, and playing an active role in preventing HIV infection. Learn more about the Magic Johnson Foundation hereExit CDC.

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On Tuesday, February 7, CDC conducted two additional Twitterviews. The first was held with Dr. Kevin Fenton (@CDC_DrFenton), the Director of the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP) at CDC where he addressed common HIV/AIDS-related myths, the toll that HIV is taking on black communities, and ideas that support an "AIDS Free Generation." At the end of this Twitterview, @talkHIV opened the discussion to the broader audience of @talkHIV followers.

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The second Twitterview was held with Kita (@kitapubdiva) & Monique "Mo" (@moniquejackson) - Celebrity PR experts, co-executive producers and stars of VH1's "T.O. Show," and co-founders of the "Define Your Pretty" women and girls empowerment movement. Monique & Kita discussed the importance of empowering and protecting yourself, and the importance of getting tested and increasing awareness by talking about HIV.

About National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

For the past 12 years, February 7 has been designated as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage blacks across the U.S. and its territories to get educated, get tested, get treated, and get involved with HIV/AIDS prevention.

NBHAAD was founded by five national organizations funded by the CDC in 1999 to provide capacity building assistance to black communities and organizations. Now, the initiative is governed by The Strategic Leadership Council, which provides guidance, direction, and strategic thought around how to get more black community stakeholders involved and engaged. There are a total of 12 organizations that work together annually to make NBHAAD a success. The 2012 awareness day theme was, "I am my sister's/brother's keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!"

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