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    by Ngozi Osuagwu, MD | February 5th, 2023


    It is time to get educated, get involved, get tested, and get treated when it comes to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Tuesday, February 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (HBHAAD). This year’s theme is “Together…We Can Make HIV Black History!”. Although Black communities have made significant progress in reducing HIV, racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the healthcare system affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services.

    African American communities are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to other racial/ethnic groups. In 2019, Blacks/African Americans represented 13% of the U.S. population but 40% of people with HIV. We can end the HIV epidemic by focusing on the following:

    Check out the webinars that will be offered on February 7th, 2023.

    The Office of Infectious Diseases and HIV/AIDS Policy is hosting Live with Leadership Webinar on Tuesday, February 7th, from 2:30 – 3:00 pm ET.

    My Brother’s Keeper is hosting the Together…We Can Make HIV Black History webinar on Tuesday, February 7th at 3:00 pm ET.

    I am hoping one day HIV will be a history for all.

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