Thursday, February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Centers for Disease Control say that, although blacks make up just 14% of the national population, they account for about 44% of all new HIV infections.
Here in Ohio, Blacks make up just twelve percent of the population but account for almost half – 49% of all new HIV infections. So, health organizations around the country, including Ohio, say they’re mobilizing to encourage populations of color to get educated, get tested, get involved, and get treated.
Tyler Termeer is the Director of Ohio AIDS Coalition a Division of AIDS Resource Center Ohio. He says after 30-plus years of progress on treatment and awareness, the stigma attached to HIV/AIDS is still prevalent.