Saturday February 7 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) – an annual observance to recognize and take action against the disproportionate impact of HIV on African Americans. This year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!”. Leading up to the observance, here are easy-to-use resources to help you get involved with #NBHAAD2015:
NBHAAD Awareness Day page:
Visit the AIDS.gov NBHAAD Awareness Day page to learn more about NBHAAD and to find available resources. Find the logo, fact sheet, resources, downloads and other materials, from across the US Government and the community.
HIV Services Locator:
Take a step towards your health. The AIDS.gov HIV Testing Sites & Care Services Locator can help you find an HIV test, find services for mental health, substance abuse, housing and more.
You can also help others know their HIV status. Use our mobile apps to show someone the Locator on your mobile phone. Are you a local organization providing HIV services? You can add the Locator widget to your site, and watch and share this video about using the Locator.
Learn the Basics, Know the Facts, Take Care of Yourself. For those at risk, find an HIV test. For those just diagnosed with HIV, find information on what to do next. For those living with HIV, learn how to stay healthy while staying on treatment. https://aids.gov/hiv-aids-basics/
Virtual Office Hours:
Receive free social media support from wherever you are! AIDS.gov Virtual Office Hours offers you one-on-one time with an AIDS.gov social media expert to ask questions about new media tools, and learn strategies that are well-suited to your HIV outreach. Make an appointment just for yourself, or invite other team members who may want to learn about social media. Register now: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/aidsgov-virtual-office-hours-registration-14440938235?ref=ebtn
Subscribe to blog.aids.gov. for daily updates on HIV resources, federal policies and programs, social media, funding announcements etc. Read today’s blog from Secretary of Health Sylvia Burwell.
Black Voices Blog Series:
The Black Voices blog series features a series of conversations with young leaders from communities across the U.S. These conversations are part of a continuing effort to shed light on important new media and HIV-related topics for the community, by the community. In this recent blog our Black Voices bloggers reflect on the impact of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on helping them with managing their lives and their HIV.
Watch and share this story of Dr. Timothy Harrison, Senior Policy Advisor, HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy (OHAIDP), as he reflects on how his personal loss has reinforced his longstanding professional commitment to responding to the epidemic. At OHAIDP, Dr. Harrison manages the Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund and has has led technical assistance, demonstration, outreach and mobilization activities that address HIV/AIDS among racial and ethnic minority communities, including work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and other minority-serving institutions of higher education Watch his story below. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mPvDAvH_6AQ
Listen to the “Moving Black MSM along the Care Continuum” webinar to learn about the challenges, opportunities and emerging practices that respond to disparate HIV health outcomes among black MSM. Hosted by the HHS Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, this webinar is available on the AIDS.gov webinars page, where you can also find more past and upcoming webinars, as well as tips for planning your own webinar.
Affordable Care Act:
The 2015 open enrollment period for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace ends in just a few days on February 15, 2015. Millions of African Americans across the country are already benefiting from the stronger coverage and consumer protections made possible by the ACA, including access to preventive services such as HIV testing without cost-sharing. Countless more African Americans are in need of insurance and quality care, and perhaps still unaware that the coverage they need is just a few clicks or a phone call (1-800-318-2596) away. One of the best ways you can observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is to ensure your friends, neighbors, and loved ones enroll in the coverage they need and make full use of that coverage once they have it.