"It Takes a Village to Fight HIV," that is the theme of this year’s National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), held on February 7, 2011. NBHAAD is a national initiative to better educate African Americans about HIV testing and treatment that has been occurring for the past 11 years.
HIV/AIDS is a crisis within African American community with more than 49 percent of cases in 2007, according to the Office of Minority Health. What makes the statistics even more menacing is among all ethnicities affected with HIV/AIDS African American women have a disproportionate rate of infection. In 2007, 61 percent of new cases of HIV infection were black women According to Family Foundation HIV/AIDS, while more than 35 percent of black women were diagnosed with AIDS a year later.
This is a call to action for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc. We must actively participate in the research, treatment, and prevention of HIV/AIDS, especially in its reach toward the direction of Black women and communities worldwide.
The National Council of Negro Women, Inc. will be holding events at Howard University and Bennett College on February 7, 2011, in order to spread awareness to this issue. Please See attached flyers for more information.