HIV affects all people, but some communities have been particularly hard hit. Of the more than 1.2 million Americans living with HIV today, 41% are Black. Black Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV relative to their share of the U.S. population, accounting for 44% of all new infections in the U.S. while representing just 12% of the population. The epidemic has touched many lives. According to a national survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation, three in five Black Americans now know someone living with HIV or who has died of AIDS.
Established in 2000, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7) is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora. Many organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Healthy Black Communities, use the opportunity of the day to highlight the disproportionately impact of HIV on the Black community and to work for change. Greater Than AIDS is proud to support the efforts our partners across the nation in the outreach efforts on this day by making available downloadable informational and promotional digital and printed materials for community groups to use around awareness days.
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