February 7, 2016
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is recognized annually on Feb. 7 to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and reduce the disproportionate impact of the infection on blacks in the United States.
Black patients, particularly gay and bisexual men, account for more HIV diagnoses each year compared with other ethnic groups, according to the CDC. In 2014, black patients accounted for 44% of new infections, with 73% of diagnoses reported in men. The annual HIV diagnosis rate for black women (30.0 per 100,000) was 18 times greater than the diagnosis rate for white women, and five times greater than the rate for Hispanic women.