With startling statistics hitting the Black community each and every year, it is easy to see why it is so important to raise awareness. Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV and AIDS affects Blacks the most. In 2009, an estimated 16,741 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US, a number that has slowly decreased since 2006. By the end of 2008, an estimated 240,627 Blacks with an AIDS diagnosis had died in the US. In 2007, HIV was the 9th leading cause of death for all Blacks and the 3rd leading cause of death for both Black men and Black women aged 35–44.
Although NBHAAD is a nationwide effort, organizers are focusing efforts on key cities with high HIV infection and AIDS diagnoses to ensure Black communities realize the epidemic is not slowing; and is picking up steam in certain parts of the country… including Chicago. Other cities include Atlanta, Baltimore, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, Newark, New York, Oakland, Philadelphia, Raleigh-Durham, San Francisco, Trenton and Washington, D.C.
“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a national HIV/AIDS testing and treatment community mobilization effort designed to encourage Blacks across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get treated, and get involved with HIV/AIDS,” said Dr. Diana Grant, vice president of medical management at Advocate Trinity Hospital. “Advocate Trinity Hospital is proud to support Nations Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.”
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) has been recognized on February 7th of each and every year, since 2000. This year marks the 13th annual observance of NBHAAD.
About Trinity Hospital
Providing healthcare on the Southeast Side of Chicago for over 115 years, Advocate Trinity Hospital is a 193-bed not-for-profit health care facility. Part of Advocate Health Care, Trinity offers a full range of inpatient and outpatient services as well as a variety of community outreach programs. For more information on Trinity, please visit www.advocatehealth.com/trinity.
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