Today, February 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. I know you are probably wondering, “Why is this day significant?’” Well it is simple. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day focuses on the act of being aware and being knowledgeable about an issue that disproportionately affects African Americans. Considering African Americans only make up approximately 14% of the US population, we account for over 40% of all new HIV infection cases. More so, In 2009, The estimated rate of new HIV infections for black women was 20 times as high as the rate for white women, and almost five times as high as that of Latinas. This, my beautiful women of color, is disturbing.
It is important of for us as women of color to acknowledge the statistics and do something about it. HIV/AIDS is not an issue that we should only think about once a year, but it is, instead, an issue that we should be thinking about year-long. Make your advocacy efforts a Movement, not a Moment.
Everyday someone is affected by AIDS, whether it’s by becoming infected, dying, or witnessing the experiences of a loved one. We have come a long way in research and prevention efforts yet the most important part must continue. We must take action now in the ways of starting and maintaining dialogue within our communities to reduce the negative stigma and encourage testing. Each One, Reach One, Teach One. Be your Sister’s Keeper.
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