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Notice to Readers: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day --- February 7, 2008

February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which was established to encourage more blacks to be tested for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and to educate the black community regarding the importance of HIV prevention, early detection, and treatment. Although blacks represent only 13% of the U.S. population (1), they are the racial/ethnic group most affected by HIV, accounting for 49% of new HIV diagnoses and 50% of new diagnoses of acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (2).

In March 2007, CDC launched A Heightened National Response to the HIV/AIDS Crisis among African Americans, with the goal of working with community partners to intensify HIV-prevention measures by 1) expanding the reach of prevention programs; 2) increasing opportunities for HIV testing, including encouraging more blacks to know their HIV serostatus; 3) developing effective prevention strategies; and 4) mobilizing broader community action. Additional information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/aa/resources/reports/heightendresponse.htm.

References

  1. US Census Bureau. State and county quickfacts. Washington, DC: US Census Bureau; 2008. Available at http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html.
  2. CDC. HIV/AIDS surveillance report, 2005. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2007. Available at http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/topics/surveillance/resources/reports/2005report/pdf/2005surveillancereport.pdf.

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Date last reviewed: 1/30/2008

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