National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a national HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization effort designed to encourage Blacks across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get treated, and get involved with HIV/AIDS, as it continues to devastate Black communities,” says LaMont “Montee” Evans, of Healthy Black Communities, Inc. and NBHAAD 2013 National Coordinator.  “This year marks the 13th annual observance of NBHAAD and we are so thankful that celebrities and community activists continue to support this initiative each and every year.” Healthy Black Communities, Inc. is looking for local, national and international celebrities to lend their voice, time, resources and talent to help mobilize Blacks around HIV/AIDS. With startling statistics hitting the Black community each and every year, it is easy to see why we need celebrities and community activists to lend their support; and hopefully everyone in the nation will follow suit. Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV and AIDS affects Blacks the most.  In 2009, an estimated 16,741 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US, a number that has slowly decreased since 2006.  By the end of 2008, an estimated 240,627 Blacks with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the US. In 2007, HIV was the 9th leading cause of death for all Blacks and the 3rd leading cause of death for both Black men and Black women aged 35–44. NBHAAD is directed, planned and organized by Healthy Black Communities, Inc., an international community based organization focused on health education and disease prevention in Black communities that partners with local, regional and national community stakeholders to mobilize communities and address specific issues in regards to local epidemics and best practices that are science based and will influence the course of HIV in Black communities across the country. For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit www.blackaidsday.org

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