Sunday, February 7, 2016 marks the 16th year of
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)
, a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative targeted at the Black population in the United States and the Diaspora. The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) joins communities across the nation and world to acknowledge that Black people, families and communities have been the most impacted by HIV/AIDS, and we know that the only way to
Stop HIV is Together
Research shows that poverty, isolation and fear of discrimination, lack of quality and accessible health care, and overt and systemic racism--compounded with deep-seated stigma--continues to place many in the Black community at-risk for infection. However, Black youth and emerging leaders are stepping up like never before to make ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic a key pillar of justice for Black lives in o
ur nation. These resilient individuals are
Talking to Stop HIV. They are leading innovative efforts to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by Doing It -- Testing for HIV and promoting the usage of medicines that prevent and treat HIV--including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART).
On NBHAAD, NBJC is honored to highlight the work of members of
100 Black LGBTQ/SGL Emerging Leaders to Watch (#100toWatch)
who are directly working to end HIV/AIDS. This group of social justice warriors are on the front lines of ending the epidemic that disproportionately infects
Black youth, Black gay and bisexual men, and Black transgender women. Utilizing the four key focus areas for NBHAAD, learn from our #100toWatch members whose daily work is to educate, bring awareness and mobilize Black communities to end the spread and impact of HIV/AIDS.