February 7, 2019 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual opportunity to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. HIV diagnoses among African Americans have declined in recent years. However, more work is needed to reduce HIV among African Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
In 2016, African Americans accounted for 44% of HIV diagnoses, despite making up 12% of the U.S. population.
In 2016, more than half (58% or 10,223) of African Americans who received an HIV diagnosis were gay or bisexual men.
In 2015, 3,379 African Americans died of HIV disease, accounting for 52% of total deaths from HIV that year in the United States.