Our Voices in the Fight: EGPAF Celebrates National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
By EGPAF | February 7, 2014
Feb. 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day – a day set aside to frankly address the HIV/AIDS epidemic that continues to disproportionately affect the African-American community. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than half of the 1.1 million people living with HIV in the United States are African-American. What’s more, black teens and young adults (ages 13- 24) represent more than half of the new HIV infections in their age groups.
Here in Washington, D.C.,nearly 3 percent of residents are HIV-positive – a prevalence rate similar to countries in sub-Saharan Africa hit hardest by the epidemic. But local community-health nonprofits such as Whitman-Walker Health and Metro Teen AIDS are dedicated to addressing HIV/AIDS disparities among minorities.
At the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), our work may be global but the HIV/AIDS barriers we tackle are universal – stigma and inadequate access to HIV care and treatment prevent HIV-positive people everywhere from gaining access to lifesaving care.
Tackling HIV/AIDS remains the challenge of our generation and we’re working to get to zero – Zero new infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.