February 7, 2010

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: February 7, 2010

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to focus attention on the staggering toll HIV continues to take on the Black community. It is also a day of hope – a day on which we recognize the progress we continue to make towards ending this epidemic in our communities.

Today, African Americans continue to face the most severe rates of HIV infection in the nation. The latest estimates indicate that while Blacks make up just 12 percent of the U.S. population, they account for nearly half of new HIV infections and almost half of the more than one million Americans estimated to be living with HIV. The harsh reality is that 1 in 16 Black men will be diagnosed with HIV at some point in their lifetime, as will 1 in 30 Black women.

I recently created a groupsite devoted to increasing our HIV/AIDS Awareness. I invite all villagers to subscribe if you have time or inclination.


msladydeborah said...

Hotep Villager!

This is one of the greatest challenges that we face in this decade. Saving our own lives.

Thanks for reminding us all that we need to speak out for ourselves and for others.

Villager said...

Lady D - I hope that you & other Black bloggers will dedicate at least one post today on this topic...

SjP said...

Good Morning Villager,

Sojourner’s Place is pleased to be a part of this awareness effort and I invite you and other Villagers to read my post which can be found here. Too much information is still not enough as long as no cure for HIV/AIDS does not exist.

Much obliged, SjP