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(BPRW) National Black HIV / AIDS Awareness Day
Get involved in prevention efforts, get tested and receive treatment.
(Black PR Wire) Atlanta, GA – National Black HIV / AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7. tested and receive treatment if they have HIV.
HIV diagnoses have declined in recent years among black / African American women (25% drop from 2010 to 2016) and heterosexual men (26% drop). Diagnoses among young black / African American gay and bisexual men (ages 13 to 24) have fallen by 5%. This good news shows that national HIV prevention efforts are helping to reduce HIV infections among some blacks / African Americans.
Although the latest data shows progress, we must continue our efforts. In 2017, nearly 17,000 black / African Americans were newly diagnosed with HIV. Blacks / African Americans accounted for 43% of all HIV diagnoses in the United States and 6 dependent regions, ** while they represented 13% of the American population. In addition, from 2010 to 2016, HIV diagnoses increased by 40% among black / African American gay and bisexual men aged 25 to 34.
The theme of this year NBHAAD, Together for Love: Stop HIV Stigma, emphasizes our shared responsibility to take action to help end HIV-related stigma – negative attitudes or beliefs towards people living with HIV. Stigma affects the emotional well-being and mental health of people with HIV and can prevent them from getting tested and treated for HIV. Ending HIV stigma is key to reducing new HIV infections among African Americans and helping African Americans with HIV stay healthy.
On NBHAAD, help us make progress in reducing HIV among African Americans by fighting stigma and promoting HIV testing, prevention and treatment. Ultimately, we won’t be able to get new HIV infections if we work together.
What can African Americans do?
Get the facts and get involved. Learn the facts about HIV and share this vital information with others. Visit the Let’s stop HIV together Campaign site for resources that can help you fight HIV-related stigma and educate others about it. Use the Stigma Language Guide to choose supportive language when talking about HIV.
Have it tested. The CDC recommends that anyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV at least once as part of routine health care, and that those at high risk get tested at least once a year. Some sexually active gay and bisexual men may benefit from more frequent testing (every 3 to 6 months).
To find a testing site near you, visit Get Tested, text your postal code to KNOWIT (566948) or call 1-800-CDC-INFO. You can also use a home test kit, available at a drugstore or online. More testing resources are available from CDC Take action against AIDS campaign I do it.
If you know you are HIV negative, the following activities are very effective and can help you avoid getting HIV:
- Take medicines to prevent HIV (pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP) if you are HIV negative and at high risk of contracting the virus. Use the PrEP finder to find a PrEP provider in your area.
- Use condoms correctly every time you have anal or vaginal sex. Check the condom finder to find condoms near you.
- Never share needles or other equipment or jobs for injecting drugs (for example, stoves).
- Refraining from having sex (not having sex) and not sharing needles or works are 100% effective ways of making sure that you do not get HIV from sex or injection drugs.
The following actions can also help reduce your risk of getting HIV:
- Limit your number of sexual partners.
- Get tested and treated for other sexually transmitted diseases.
- Choose activities with little or no risk, such as oral sex.
You can learn more about how to protect yourself and your partners, and get information tailored to your needs, with the CDC’s HIV Risk Reduction Tool (BETA).
If you have HIV, receive care and stay on treatment. Start treatment as soon as possible after receiving a diagnosis. The most important thing you can do is take the anti-HIV medicines prescribed by your doctor.
Anti-HIV drugs reduce the amount of the virus (viral load) in your body, and taking them every day can make your viral load undetectable. If you get and maintain an undetectable viral load, you can stay healthy for many years and effectively have no risk of transmitting HIV through sex. pdf icon[347 KB] to an HIV-negative partner. To make sure you maintain an undetectable viral load, take your medicine as prescribed and see your healthcare provider regularly to monitor your health.
What can CDC partners do?
Health services, community organizations (CBs), providers and other partners can
* Black refers to people with origins in one of Africa’s black racial groups, including immigrants from the Caribbean and South America and Latin America. Afro-American is a term often used for Americans of African descent with ancestors in North America. Individuals can identify as one or the other, both, or choose another identity. This feature uses Afro-American, unless you reference monitoring data.
** American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Palau and the United States Virgin Islands.
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