National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day – The work of reducing HIV infections to zero, ensuring that people who are living with HIV don’t get to the AIDS stage, ensuring that people know their status and more have been the focus of many governments across the globe since the discovery of HIV.
In Africa, some countries like Ghana were not able to meet the Agenda 90-90-90 goal.
The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) has continued to invest in the area of prevention of new infections among others.
With all these happening around the globe, each country is working around the clock to ensure that the virus does not spread. And also that those who are infected received treatment such that their viral loads are so suppressed that they cannot transmit to infect others.
Among the various dates marked in the world for HIV commemoration is that of February 7. In the United States, the day is marked as the National Black HIV and AIDS Awareness Day.
On this day, various organizations and individuals come together to promote HIV testing, treatment and prevention activities within black communities in the United States.
“The first National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) was marked in 1999 as a grassroots-education effort to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS prevention, care, and treatment in communities of color” a report has said.
This year’s theme, “We’re In This Together,” promotes working collectively to stop HIV stigma and encourage HIV prevention, testing, and treatment in black communities.
It is expected that this year’s event will see an increase in the use of social media to get the message of HIV across. Already, some hashtags such as #StopHIVTogether #NBHAAD #NBHAAD20 #NBHAAD2020 #HIVStigma and more have been sighted on twitter and some other social media trends.
Even though this day is not marked by African countries, it is expected that young people who are mostly on social media will join in the day’s activities through social media.