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2019 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is being observed this year on Thursday, February 7.  This year’s theme is: “Stay the Course, the Fight is Not Over!” According to HIV surveillance data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • In 2017, African Americans accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, despite making up 12% of the U.S. population. 
  • The HIV diagnosis rate among African Americans (41.4 per 100,000) was more than eight times higher than that in Asian Americans and Whites (both 5.1 per 100,000) during 2017.
  • In 2017, 60% of African Americans who received an HIV diagnosis were gay or bisexual men.
  • In 2016, there were a total of 6,795 deaths among African Americans with an HIV diagnosis, accounting for 44% of the total U.S. deaths among persons diagnosed with HIV infection. 

To help you and your patients or clients prepare for and mark NBHAAD, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS in the Black/African American community.

Fact Sheets and Reports

HIV Among African Americans.  CDC fact sheet.

HIV in the United States and Dependent Areas. This 2-page CDC fact sheet discusses the high rates of HIV infection seen among African Americans.

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2017.  This 129-page CDC report includes detailed information about HIV and AIDS cases and deaths among Blacks/African Americans and other racial/ethnic groups.  Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, HIV transmission category, and geographic region.

Black Americans and HIV/AIDS: The Basics.  This 7-page annotated fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation was updated in 2018.  It provides detailed information on HIV/AIDS among Black Americans in the following topic areas: key facts, overview, transmission, women and young people, gay and bisexual men, HIV transmission, geography, and HIV testing and access to prevention and care.

Selected Organizations and Websites

Black AIDS Institute:  The Black AIDS Institute is a leading organization addressing HIV/AIDS among Black Americans.  Their website provides a news feed and detailed information about the range of programs and services offered by the Institute.

NMAC:  The NMAC website has extensive resources in support of its mission to develop leadership in communities of color to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  These include news, program listings, and a resource library.

HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African Americans:  This section on website has links to numerous resources about HIV/AIDS in the Black community, as well as links to recent news articles, opinion pieces, and personal stories.

Selected Recent Articles and Abstracts About HIV/AIDS Among Blacks/African Americans

Faith-Based HIV Program Launches in Tennessee for Blacks and Latinos (Poz)

Potential Drivers of HIV Acquisition in African-American Women Related to Mass Incarceration: An Agent-Based Modelling Study (BMC Public Health)

Reasons for Accepting and Declining Free HIV Testing and Counseling Among Young African American Women Living in Disadvantaged Southern Urban Communities (AIDS Patient Care and STDs)

Estimates of Adults with Indications for HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis by Jurisdiction, Transmission Risk Group, and Race/Ethnicity, United States, 2015 (Annals of Epidemiology)

Assessing HIV Stigma on Prevention Strategies for Black Men Who Have Sex with Men in the United States (AIDS and Behavior)

More Clarity on Why HIV Rates Are So High Among Gay & Bi Black Men (Poz)

Getting Clergy to Step Out on Faith with HIV Education and Mobilization (TheBodyPRO)

Older African Americans and the HIV Care Continuum: A Systematic Review of the Literature, 2003-2018 (AIDS and Behavior)

Ambassador Program for Black Women (Black AIDS Institute)

Preventing HIV Among Young, Black Teens with Mental Illness (TheBodyPRO)

HIV Preexposure Prophylaxis, by Race and Ethnicity - United States, 2014-2016 (MMWR)

Pilot Intervention for Discrimination-Related Coping Among HIV-Positive Black Sexual Minority Men (Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology)

Engaging United States Black Communities in HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis: Analysis of a PrEP Engagement Cascade (Journal of the National Medical Association)

HIV Infection-Related Care Outcomes Among U.S.-Born and Non-U.S.-Born Blacks with Diagnosed HIV in 40 U.S. Areas: The National HIV Surveillance System, 2016 (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

Ending HIV Stigma Takes Center Stage at Congressional Black Caucus Conference Panel Discussion (TheBody)

HIV and Racism as a Barrier to Testing and Treatment (TheBody)

“My Sexuality . . . It Creates a Stress”: HIV-Related Communication Among Bisexual Black and Latino Men, New York City (Archives of Sexual Behavior)

Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Failure to Initiate HIV Care: Role of HIV Testing Site, Individual Factors, and Neighborhood Factors, Florida, 2014-2015 (Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved)

HIV Testing, Positivity, and Receipt of Services Among Black, White, and Hispanic Women Participating in HIV Prevention Programs Funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2015 (Women’s Health Issues)

HIV Testing, Linkage to HIV Medical Care, and Interviews for Partner Services Among Black Men Who Have Sex with Men - Non-Health Care Facilities, 20 Southern U.S. Jurisdictions, 2016 (MMWR)

Gender Differences in Predictors of HIV Testing Among African American Young Adults (Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities)

HIV/AIDS and the African-American Community 2018: A Decade Call to Action (Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities)

To Understand Challenges Black Men with HIV Face on Re-Entry from Prisons, an Intersectional Approach Is Needed, Study Shows (TheBodyPRO)

BTAN Maryland Spreads the Word About HIV Criminalization (Black AIDS Institute)

Black Immigrants and HIV: Prevention and Treatment Strategies That Work (Black AIDS Institute)

Why Don’t Blacks with HIV Fare as Well as Whites on Treatment? (Poz)

What Encourages Black and Latinx Trans Women to Take PrEP? (TheBodyPRO)

HIV Rate Among Gay & Bi Men 25 to 34 Rose 45% Between 2008 and 2015 (Poz)

The PrEP Cascade: Getting More Blacks into Care (Black AIDS Institute)

Until We Get Free: Fighting for Liberation on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (Poz)

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Sustained Viral Suppression and Transmission Risk Potential Among Persons Receiving HIV Care – United States, 2014 (MMWR)