Things You Can Do for National Black HIV/AIDS Day

Act Against Aids

1. Get Educated

Learn the basics about HIV and AIDS and its impact on Black Americans. Today, more tools than ever are available to prevent HIV. In addition to limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms correctly and consistently, you may be able to take advantage of medicines that prevent and treat HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylasis (PEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART).

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2. Get Tested

Getting an HIV test is the only way to know if you have HIV. Learn the basics about HIV testing, including the types of tests available.

  • Find a testing center in your area at CDC's new website, text your ZIP code to "KNOW IT" (566948) or call 1-800-CDC-INFO
  • Talk to your doctor or health care provider
  • Take a home HIV test
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

3. Get Involved

Host an NBHAAD event in your community. Order free NBHAAD materials and register your event on http://nationalblackaidsday.org.

Help get #NBHAAD2015 trending on social media. Share/retweet awareness day messages or create your own. Here are a few sample posts:

  • Feb 7 is Nat'l Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day #NBHAAD2015. Help end HIV in black America. http://go.usa.gov/zkSx
  • There is no cure for HIV, but it is preventable. Learn how to protect yourself and your partner: http://go.usa.gov/4yj3 #NBHAAD2015
  • On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, get tested. If you have HIV, get treated #NBHAAD2015

In addition to limiting your number of sexual partners, never sharing needles, and using condoms correctly and consistently, you may be able to take advantage of medicines that prevent and treat HIV, including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylasis (PEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART).

HIV Treatment Works

4. Get Treated

If you are living with HIV, check out CDC's Act Against AIDS campaigns and the available resources. Our newest campaign, HIV Treatment Works encourages people living with HIV to get in care, start taking HIV medications, remain in care, and adhere to treatment.

For additional materials or questions, please e-mail ActAgainstAIDS@cdc.gov.