TODAY Is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


“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

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

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