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2021 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (February 7)


National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is being observed this year on Sunday, February 7.  The 2021 NBHAAD theme, “We’re in this together,” indicates that even though we may be physically apart due to COVID-19, we all have a role to play in ending the HIV epidemic. A key goal of CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together campaign is empowering communities, partners, and healthcare providers to work together to reduce HIV stigma and promote prevention, testing, and treatment among all people in the United States. 

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

Virtual Event

2021 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) Webinar

All are welcome to participate in a free webinar on February 8 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. ET in commemoration of NBHAAD.  Primary Care Development Corporation, the New England AIDS Education and Training Center, and a panel of key community members will discuss the U.S. HIV epidemic in the context of the overall state of health inequities in Black communities. If you are interested in joining the webinar, please click here to register.

HIV Surveillance Highlights 

According to CDC’s latest HIV surveillance data:

  • In 2018, Blacks/African Americans (African Americans) accounted for 42% of HIV diagnoses, despite making up 12% of the U.S. population.
  • The HIV diagnosis rate during 2018 among African Americans (39.2 per 100,000) was about eight times higher than that in Whites and Asian Americans (4.8 and 4.7 per 100,000, respectively).
  • The approximately 9,700 new HIV diagnoses among African American gay and bisexual men accounted for one-quarter (25%) of all U.S. HIV diagnoses during 2018, and over 60% of all new diagnoses among African Americans.
  • About 40% of the approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. during 2018 were African Americans.
  • In 2018, there were a total of 6,679 deaths among African Americans with an HIV diagnosis, accounting for 43% of the total U.S. deaths among persons diagnosed with HIV infection in that year.
  • Nearly half (47%) of the approximately 519,000 clients in the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program in 2018 were African Americans. Among this group of clients, 44% were age 50 years or older, 67% lived at or below the federal poverty level, and 84% were virally suppressed.

Fact Sheets, Reports, and Infographics 

HIV and African American People. This CDC fact sheet has information on new HIV diagnoses, HIV prevalence, trends in diagnoses for the period 2014-2018, deaths, the continuum of HIV care, HIV prevention challenges, and steps CDC is taking to address the HIV epidemic among African Americans. 

HIV in the United States and Dependent Areas. This CDC fact sheet includes information on the disproportionately high number of new HIV diagnoses among African American men and women. Also available in Spanish. 

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (Updated). This 119-page CDC surveillance report includes detailed information about HIV 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 annotated fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation was updated in 2020.  It provides detailed information on HIV/AIDS among Black Americans for the following topic areas: key facts, overview, transmission, women and young people, gay and bisexual men, geography, and HIV testing and access to prevention and care. 

Black/African American Clients: Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program, 2018. This fact sheet from HRSA summarizes selected demographic characteristics of Blacks/African Americans served by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program. 

Blacks/African Americans with HIV – This CDC infographic summarizes 2018 data on the HIV care continuum among Blacks/Africans. 


Selected Organizations and Websites

Black AIDS Institute: The Black AIDS Institute is a leading organization addressing HIV/AIDS among Black Americans. Their website provides 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 program listings, conference information, a blog, 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 African American community, including recent news articles, opinion pieces, interviews, and personal stories.