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Why we should care about February 7th National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The first National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was marked in 1999 as a grassroots-education effort to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in communities of color. .

Thinking about World AIDS Day, and the lack, of media coverage cause a sense of concern to me.

We are in a  pandemic within a pandemic,  Covid-19, and HIV.

Black/African American people account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses and people with HIV, compared to other races and ethnicities. In 2018, Black/African American people accounted for 13% of the US population but 42% (16,002) of the 37,968 new HIV diagnoses in the United States and dependent areas.

From 2014 to 2018, HIV diagnoses decreased 7% among Black/African American people overall. Good progress has been made with reducing HIV diagnoses among most age groups. Although one group—Black/African American people aged 25 to 34—saw a 7% increase, HIV diagnoses decreased among all other age groups.

The fact in 2021 people are still aware to have a conversation, around HIV awareness and prevention work deeply sadden me. We have all the tool to prevention new  HIV infections yet due to stigma we often stop blocked. Block by people judgments, misconceptions, homophobia and more.

Very little people are aware of U=U Undetectable = Untransmittable   The evidence is clear: People with HIV on effective treatment cannot transmit HIV through sex.

Thanks for life saving medications, that not all prolongs life but also preventions HIV infections trainsmittion to not only sexual partners but also to unborn children. We have come to far in the fight against HIV/AIDS to be still be stuck in the midframe, we should be scare, to have any discussions around. The more we know, the more we talk about HIV the more life we can save.