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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day --- February 7, 2003

The third annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be February 7. The event will highlight the problem of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in the black community and aim to expand black involvement in preventing HIV. Supported by CDC through the Minority AIDS Initiative, the effort is led by a coalition of nongovernment organizations committed to stopping the spread of HIV and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the black community.

Blacks comprise approximately 12% of the population but account for more than half of all new HIV diagnoses each year (1). The 2001 rate of reported AIDS cases among blacks is 59.6 per 100,000 population, approximately three times higher than the rate for Hispanics and nine times the rate for whites (2).

HIV prevention programs designed for and delivered to those at high risk for HIV infection remain key to curtailing the HIV epidemic among blacks. For those who are already infected, getting tested is an essential first step for obtaining the treatment they need and taking steps to protect their partners from infection.

Information about HIV/AIDS in the black community is available from CDC at http://www.cdcnpin.org and http://www.cdc.gov/nchstp/od/nchstp.html. Additional information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is available at http://www.blackaidsday.org.

References

  1. U.S. Census Bureau. Census 2000 summary file 1. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, July 2002.
  2. CDC. HIV/AIDS surveillance report, 2001. Atlanta, Georgia: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, 2001;13(2).

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