For Immediate Release
February 3, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Monday, Feb. 7, 2011

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is Feb. 7, 2011. This awareness day promotes HIV counseling and testing in the African American community, which continues to be disproportionately affected by HIV and AIDS. In the U.S. about 49 percent of people living with HIV and AIDS are African American; however, African Americans account for only 13 percent of the U.S. population. The slogan for this year’s awareness day is “HIV/AIDS Prevention: A Choice and a Lifestyle.”

Please join the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) in promoting education, awareness and testing for HIV in the African American community. KDHE supports HIV counseling and testing programs at local health departments and community-based organizations throughout the state, with a listing available online at www.HIVtest.org. Many community sites offer free walk-in HIV counseling and testing.

“HIV and AIDS continues to be a major issue for African American Kansans,” says Travis Barnhart, HIV Prevention Director at KDHE. “It’s important for everyone to get tested, to know your HIV status, and to protect yourself and loved ones from HIV/AIDS. We are greater than AIDS and together we can turn these alarming statistics around. Please, get tested today.”

More information about the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day can be found at www.blackaidsday.org. Additionally, you can learn more about the national social marketing campaign to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in the African American community, called “Greater Than AIDS,” at www.greaterthan.org.