HIV/AIDS is a crisis out of control in black communities throughout the United States. The continued severity of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in black communities cannot be underestimated. Our challenge in 2012 is to stem the tide and save the lives of black people locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
For almost 12 years now, Feb. 7 has been designated as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a national HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative designed to encourage blacks across the United States and territorial areas to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS.
The theme for 2012 is “I Am My Brother/Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!” with the intentions to ensure that we as black people unite and take care of one another. We are asking black community stakeholders concerned about HIV/AIDS in their community to become the voice for change – education, testing, involvement and/or treatment.
All people, regardless of lifestyle or HIV status, can and should get involved with developing and sharing an HIV/AIDS message to their families and communities.
(Strong is the executive director of the AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma.)