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TODAY Is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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“Our ancestors fought that we might be free—even from HIV” are the words that stained my heart after visiting the National Black HIV/Aids Awareness Day website over the weekend.

February 7th marks the 13th year for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Being a PROUD graduate of a HBCU, I was thrilled to learn about the NBHAAD HBCU Initiative. HBCU’s are integral to various communities and serve as a prime catalyst of countless changes including educating the community about HIV. The HBCU initiative provides opportunities for students, as well as faculty and staff to increase awareness around HIV/AIDS throughout Black communities.

For so many years, prominently in the African-American community, we tend to shy away from the topic by disassociating ourselves from the disease. Lying to ourselves as though it’s only a “homosexual thing.”

What does this even mean?

It is time to STOP being ignorant to the FACTS! There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S., including more than 500,000 who are Black. Get the picture?

Learn more on how you can spread awareness to YOUR community, please visit http://www.nationalblackaidsday.org.

Get Educated. Get Tested. Get Involved. Get Treated.

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