Newspapers Cover Local Events, AIDS Awareness Efforts on National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
February 7, 2006
Tuesday marks the sixth 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's Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention. The CCBC includes: Concerned Black Men of Philadelphia, 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. The goal of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to motivate black people to "get tested" for HIV, "get educated" about how the virus is transmitted, "get involved" in community HIV/AIDS programs and "get treated" if they are HIV-positive (National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web site, 2/7). According to CDC, data from 33 states published in November 2005 in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the rate of new HIV cases among blacks has decreased an average of 5% annually since 2001, declining from 88.7 cases per 100,000 people in 2001 to 76.3 cases per 100,000 in 2004. However, blacks in 2004 were 8.4 times more likely than whites to be newly diagnosed with HIV (Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, 11/18/05). Blacks -- who make up about 12.3% of the U.S. population -- in 2004 accounted for about 49% of the estimated number of reported AIDS cases nationwide. Additionally, HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death for black women ages 25-34 years in 2002, it also was among the top three causes of death for black men ages 25-54 years and among the top four causes of death for black women ages 25-54 in that year (MMWR, 2/3). CDC -- which presented a study on the data on Monday at the 13th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Denver -- in a statement said, "Despite possible signs of success, HIV continues to exact a disproportionate and devastating toll on African Americans" (Fox, Reuters, 2/6). Several newspapers around the country have published articles covering events taking place in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and examining the impact of the epidemic among blacks. Links to some of the articles appear below:
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