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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day --- February 7, 2005

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness and Information Day is observed each year on February 7 to call attention to the disproportionate impact of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) on the black population in the United States. The event is sponsored by a coalition of nongovernment organizations, with support from CDC.

During 2000--2003, more than half of new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 32 states were among blacks, although blacks represented only 13% of the population of those states. In 2003, black men had the highest rate of HIV/AIDS diagnoses of any racial/ethnic population, approximately seven times the rate among white men and twice the rate among black women (1). Black women are also severely impacted by HIV. During 2000--2003, approximately 69% of women who had HIV/AIDS diagnosed were black. In 2003, the rate of HIV/AIDS was 18 times greater among black women than among non-Hispanic white women (1).

CDC is working to reduce new HIV infections among blacks by developing interventions tailored to the cultural needs of this population. This combination of behavioral and biomedical approaches includes expanded access to voluntary HIV counseling and testing, behavioral interventions for at-risk and HIV-positive persons, and screening and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, which can facilitate HIV transmission and acquisition. More information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv.

Reference

  1. CDC. Diagnoses of HIV/AIDS---32 states, 2000--2003. MMWR 2004;53:1106--10.

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