“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.