Tuesday, February 7, is the 18th annual observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). The Strategic Leadership Council, a community-led group that sets the direction for NBHAAD, announced that this year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” It’s a call to action for all of us. We’ve put together a list of resources from AIDS.gov and our federal partners to help you get involved with #NBHAAD.
First stop: AIDS.gov
The NBHAAD Awareness Day page has resources such as the NBHAAD logo, fact sheets, and other materials from the community and across the U.S. Government. We’re also featuring CDC’s DoingIt campaign and their resources that you can use and share.
In addition to NBHAAD resources, we also have basic HIV facts about HIV prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Know the facts and share them (along with your encouragement and support) with friends and family members who have not been tested for HIV, might be at risk, or are living with the virus.
Use and share the HIV Testing and Care Locator
Are you a local organization providing HIV services? The AIDS.gov HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator can help you and your clients find an HIV test, as well as services for mental health, substance abuse, housing, and more.
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We’ll be posting content on our blog leading up to NBHAAD. Want to make sure you don’t miss out on the latest HIV resources, policies, and programs? Sign up to receive daily email updates.
We also host the Black Voices blog series, which focuses on social media and HIV-related topics for the community, by the community. In this recent blog, several of our Black Voices bloggers reflected on Dr. Martin Luther King’s impact on their views of service and how that affects their lives and work.
Take a Positive Spin
Positive Spin is a series of videos and information that features the personal stories of five black gay men who are living with HIV. It provides insight into their experiences from diagnosis to viral suppression. There’s also a facilitator’s guide to foster discussion about living with HIV.
Find support for your social media work
AIDS.gov’s Virtual Office Hours program offers free, one-on-one time with an AIDS.gov social media expert. You can ask questions about social media and learn strategies that are well-suited to your HIV outreach. As you prepare for NBHAAD, consider making an appointment for yourself or your team. We’re here to help!
We’ve got other things in store, so follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. And make sure you’re following #NBHAAD to see how the community is recognizing and taking action against the disproportionate impact of HIV on African Americans.
*This post was originally published on January 31, 2017 on AIDS.gov.