National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Feb. 7
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The numbers are troubling, but now there is an opportunity to change that. Join your friends and community for ‚ÄúWe Are the Ones We‚Äôve Been Waiting For‚ÄĚ on Feb. 7 at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation. This special testing and treatment community event is Omaha‚Äôs official observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD).¬† It is designed to encourage African Americans to ‚Äúget educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† According to the latest statistics, blacks, who make up about 14 percent of the U.S. population, continue to experience the most severe burden of HIV, accounting for an estimated 44 percent of new HIV cases, and about the same percentage of people living with AIDS. ¬†Black men account for about a third of new HIV infections. The rate of HIV infections for black women is 20 times as high as for white women.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† If the course of this epidemic is not changed, it is estimated that one in 16 black men and one in 32 black women will be diagnosed with an HIV infection.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Unfortunately, many who are infected with HIV do not know their status and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others. Now is the time to mobilize and reverse the course of this disease, because: ‚ÄúWe are the ones we‚Äôve been waiting for.‚ÄĚ¬†
¬†Feb. 7 is the date and the time is from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, 3448 Evans Street. This community mobilization involves the Douglas County Health Department, DHHS Division of Public Health, Methodist Health System, North Omaha Community Care Council, Heartland Pride, Malcolm X Memorial Foundation, UNO, Girls Inc., National Council of Negro Women, Charles Drew Health Center, UNMC Infectious-Disease Clinic, Power 106.9, OPS, Nebraska Children‚Äôs Home Society, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc./sQquires, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Black Families Health and Wellness Association, Nebraska AIDS Project, Nebraska Children‚Äôs Home Society, African American Young Professionals (AAYP), StopAIDSnebraska.info,and US Department of Health and Human Services OASH-Region¬†VII, and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.¬†