Newspapers Cover Local Events, AIDS Awareness Efforts on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 9, 2004
Saturday marked the fourth annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is sponsored by the Community Capacity Building Coalition, a consortium of national minority-focused groups supported by CDC through the National Minority AIDS Initiative. The CCBC includes: Concerned Black Men, the Health Watch Information and Promotion Service, the Jackson State University-Mississippi Urban Research Center, the National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council and the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web site, 2/8). The goal of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to urge African Americans to "get educated, get tested and get involved" with HIV/AIDS in black communities (NBHAAD release, 1/20). Although African Americans represent about 12% of the U.S. population, more than 50% of all AIDS cases diagnosed in 2002 were among African Americans. HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson in a statement said that National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day "serves as a springboard for action against the devastating effects HIV/AIDS continues to have on the African-American community" and "is an important opportunity to understand and educate people nationwide about mobilizing in the fight against HIV/AIDS." Thompson added, "Together, we can make a difference" (HHS release, 2/6).
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