National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day Feb. 7

By |2003-05-02T09:00:00-04:00May 2nd, 2003|Uncategorized|

“We want blacks throughout America to know all of the facts about this disease as it continues to destroy our communities,” said Deborah Fraser Howze, executive director of The National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Inc., the lead NBHAAD sponsoring organization.
While African Americans represent approximately 12 percent of the U.S. population, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the group accounts for 38 percent of the nation’s AIDS cases. CDC figures also show that in 2002, AIDS was the leading cause of death for African Americans between the ages of 25 and 44, and in the same year African Americans accounted for 54 percent of estimated new HIV infections in the United States. During the same year, figures indicate that 49 percent of all AIDS cases reported among adults and adolescents were in African Americans, and the AIDS diagnosis rate among African Americans was almost 11 times the rate among whites.
CDC statistics also show that since 1994, African Americans have had the poorest survival rates of all racial and ethnic groups, with 55 percent surviving after nine years compared to 61 percent of Hispanics, 64 percent of whites, and 69 percent of Asian/Pacific Islanders.
BHAAD is made up of fourteen national organizations commonly referred to as the Capacity Building Assistance Providers. The National Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Abbott Laboratories are the major funders of the event.
Michigan agencies will be holding events throughout February and into March; for more information see BTL’s National Black HIV/AID Awareness Day calendar on page –. For more information on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day 2005, visit the web site at

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