Members of the Mid-South Coalition on HIV/AIDS, sponsored by United Way of the Mid-South, observed National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday. There were events including testing, counseling, prevention education, games and information sharing for Memphis and the Mid-South.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that there are 1.1 million people living with HIV in the Unites States. Despite representing 12% of the national population, African Americans account for nearly half of all people living with HIV in the U.S.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is designed to increase understanding of HIV/AIDS and reduce the unnecessary stigma around the disease in the African American community. The day also encourages people to take action to know their HIV status and get linked to appropriate care and treatment.
For additional information regarding the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events in Memphis, please visit www.mchamemphis.org