National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)
The mission of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among Black Americans. February 7, 2013 marks the thirteenth year of this annual event.
Our theme this year: “Our ancestors fought that we might we free – even from HIV!” is focused on getting Black Folks to recognize that if the Black Holocaust didn’t take us out, then surely HIV and/or AIDS cannot. We have to resolve the connectedness of what is happening in all parts of the world where HIV/AIDS is consuming Black Life.
The primary goal of NBHAAD is to motivate Blacks to get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS; get tested and know their HIV status; get involved in their local community; and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.
NBHAAD dates back to 2000, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention (DHAP) funded five national non-profit organizations known then as the Community Capacity Building Coalition (CCBC). On February 23, 2001, the CCBC organized the first annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The date was changed to February 7 the following year (2002) and is now recognized on February 7th of each year.
February 7, 2013 marks the 13th anniversary of mobilizing Blacks throughout the Diaspora around HIV/AIDS. Healthy Black Communities, Inc. serves as the lead organization for this initiative.