NNEDV observes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 9, 2014
On February 7th, NNEDV joined our sisters at the Black Women’s Health Imperative on a Twitter chat (#get2zero) in observance of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to explore complex questions about HIV/AIDS and the impact of HIV among Black women and girls. Participants shared their views on the differences in this generation’s experience of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, how stigma, shame and silence around our sexual health continue to impact HIV risk, and the opportunities with this emerging generation to get to zero new HIV infections.
It is critical to continue this conversation beyond February 7th and the Black Women's Health Imperative reminds us why: "Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in this country. Yet the impact of HIV among Black women and girls is even more startling. Nationally, Black women account for 66% of new cases of HIV among women. HIV/AIDS related illness is now the leading cause of death among Black women ages 25-34. As the national dialogue focuses on strategies for addressing the HIV epidemic in this country, the need is greater than ever for a heightened among Black women in HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and careing generation to get to zero new HIV infections".
Find out more about how NNEDV is continuing the conversation by addressing the interesction of HIV/AIDS and DV.