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February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to promote HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment among African Americans in the United States. African Americans are disproportionately affected by HIV. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that blacks accounted for nearly half (44 percent) of all new infections in 2010, despite making up only 14 percent of the population. This represents a rate that is eight times higher than whites. Overall, African American gay and bisexual men, especially young men, are the hardest-hit. In addition, African American women are far more affected by HIV than women of any other race or ethnicity.

Resources for more information about diagnosis, treatment and prevention include
AIDSinfo’s African American HIV/AIDS Health Topics: http://1.usa.gov/1g2aiHr
CDC’s HIV Among African Americans: http://1.usa.gov/1kkGx8M

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