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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7: Things You Can Do

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed each year on February 7 to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.

Get Educated

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Let’s Stop HIV Together raises awareness about HIV stigma and its impact on the lives of all Americans. Learn about the effects of stigma in the community and how we can work together to increase support for people living with HIV using the stigma fact sheet and stigma language guide. Ongoing stigma in our communities can lead to discrimination, fear, and anxiety. It affects the emotional well-being and mental health of people living with HIV and those at risk for HIV. Stigma also prevents some individuals from getting tested and treated for HIV. We can do our part by supporting people living with HIV.

Get Tested

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Doing It is easy! Testing for HIV is free, fast, and confidential. CDC recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care and that people with certain risk factors get tested more often.

  • Use the Doing It testing locator
  • Text your ZIP code to “KNOW IT” (566948)
  • Call 1-800-CDC-INFO
  • Talk to your doctor or health care provider
  • Take a home HIV test

Get Talking

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Promote communication among gay and bisexual men with Start Talking. Stop HIV. The conversation about HIV is changing. There are more HIV prevention options than ever before. Join the conversation about testing, condoms, PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), and medicines that treat HIV. Start Talking about safer sex and healthy relationships with friends and partners.

Get On Treatment

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If you are living with HIV, check out HIV Treatment Works resources to get in care, stay in care, and live well. Getting into care and on treatment will help you learn more about HIV and make decisions to take care of your health

Get Involved

  • Follow Act Against AIDS on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
  • Follow Start Talking on Facebook.
  • Check out CDC’s Risk Reduction Tool.
  • Help get #NBHAAD trending on social media by sharing and retweeting Awareness Day messages, or creating your own. Here are a few sample posts you can use leading up to and on #NBHAAD:
    • February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day. How will you #ActAgainstAIDS? #NBHAAD
    • For #NBHAAD, #StopHIVStigma by having a conversation about HIV. Learn how at
    • #StartTalkingPrEP on #NBHAAD to prevent HIV!
    • #HIVTreatmentWorks! If you’re living with #HIV, it’s key to get in care, stay in care, and live well. #NBHAAD
    • Preparing for #NBHAAD? We have social media resources you can share! #ActAgainstAIDS
    • CDC’s risk reduction tool can help u decide what #HIV prevention methods are right for you. #ActAgainstAIDS #NBHAAD