National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Nevada

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WHILE, February 7, 2022 is the 22nd year that National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day has been commemorated and celebrating this day is a national effort to mobilize Black communities to raise awareness, get educated, get tested , get involved and seek treatment; and

WHILE, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses; and

WHILE, not all African Americans living with HIV are aware of their status, and as a result, too few are receiving HIV medical care and treatment that will help them live longer, healthier lives; and

WHILE, through HIV testing, members of the African American community can confirm their status and learn more about the benefits of receiving HIV medical care and treatment to maintain an undetectable viral load to effectively prevent the risk of transmission HIV; and

WHILE, there have been significant medical advances in HIV prevention; Prescription pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drugs are currently available for people who do not have HIV to prevent them from getting HIV, but despite these developments, disparities in access to PrEP exist among African Americans; and

WHILE, statewide partner agencies and organizations work together to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in the African American community; and

WHILE, February 7 is a time for the Silver State to show support for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and the State of Nevada encourages all residents to stand together in support of those affected by HIV/AIDS and honor the resilient spirit of strength, faith, and hope in the black community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, STEVE SISOLAK, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, hereby proclaim February 7, 2022 as

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