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National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Get educated! Get tested! Get involved! Get treated!

Posted by medpin@aol.com on February 7, 2016 at 8:15 PM


 

 

 

"What I do to prevent spreading HIV is do my best to stay off drugs, go to groups and talk to others. At first, they look at me like if I'm crazy, but then they tell me how much I helped them by being open about my HIV status and saying my story. I feel accepted." ~N.A.~

 

The HIV epidemic is serious nationwide. Everyone should be mindful of the effects HIV has on the population and how some ethnic groups are more affected than others. African-Americans are the ethnic group most affected by HIV. February 7, 2016, is Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, nationwide. For the last 16 years, this day has been observed to raise awareness and help blacks along with all other communities learn about HIV. There are four main objectives for this day. They are testing, education, involvement, and treatment. It is encouraged that everyone in our community gets tested.

 

Did you know? Fast Facts....

 

▪ In 2012, HIV was the 14th leading cause of death for all Blacks and the 5th leading cause of death for Black men and women ages 25-44.

 

▪ In 2012, an estimated 14,102 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US. This number has slowly decreased since 2008.

 

▪ In 2012, Blacks represented 47% of all new HIV infections.

 

▪ more than 500,000 Blacks nationwide are unaware of their HIV status.

 

▪ African Americans are the racial/ethnic group most disproportionately affected by HIV.

 

▪ Black gay and bisexual men account for majority new infections among African Americans; young gay and bisexual men ages 13 - 24 are the most affected of this group

 

▪ The rate of new HIV infection in among Blacks is 8 times that of whites based on the US population size.

 

▪ HIV is 100% preventable!

 

What some of our African American clients are doing to prevent HIV from spreading and how they educate their family and friends about HIV ...

"I use condoms in every sexual occasion." "I make my family a part of my medical treatment so that together we can learn about HIV." ~E. Y.~

"I teach my friends to have safe sex and use condoms." ~D.C.~

"I keep myself informed by asking my doctor and attending Lunch and Learn here at Borinquen. The information I learn I pass it on when my family and friends get together."

 

Borinquen is working diligently at testing, providing education as well as prevention to African-American and all other ethnicities. At our main site on 3601 Federal Highway, on the 4th floor, we have the outreach dept. which does testing all day. Also, at the behavioral office at 100 NE 38 St, Unit 5, there is a CRCS counselor, Raul Rodriguez, which provides risk reduction counseling to those at high risk of transmitting or acquiring HIV. Together we can help reduce and prevent HIV from spreading. Our challenge in 2016 is to save and prolong the lives of Black people locally, nationally, and internationally!

 

References:

 

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/library/reports/surveillance/

 

http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/resources/factsheets/PDF/stats_basics_factsheet.pdf

Categories: HIV, Awareness & Prevention

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