What's up world, or the two or three people who may read this regularly. lol. Whoever you are, this is a serious post this time. I'm a day late, but not a dollar short this time around. Yesterday, February 7, was National Black HIV/AIDS Day. For seven years, this day has been set aside to recognize the the toll HIV/AIDS has taken on the African American community.
National HIV/AIDS Day is December 1 of every year, but how unfortunate for us to have our own day. We are the demographic most affected by this deadly disease. Here is the purpose of the day, according the official website at www.blackaidsday.org
The mission of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is to build the capacity and increase awareness, participation and support for HIV prevention, care and treatment among African Americans. February 7, 2007 marks the seventh year of this annual event.
The primary goal of NBHAAD is to motivate African Americans to get tested and know their HIV status; get educated about the transmission modes of HIV/AIDS; get involved in their local community; and get treated if they are currently living with HIV or are newly diagnosed.
Sometimes it's easier said than done because it's still somewhat taboo, miseducation, but mostly because of FEAR, we need to get tested!! Believe me, waiting for that test result is not the most relaxing thing in the world, but it's worth the wait. Ignorance may be bliss, but ignorance is also deadly.
We as African Americans have to get it together. Our lives are at stake. We are dying left and right from heart attacks, hypertension, diabetes and now HIV/AIDS. You are responsible for your own life, so you must act take action to protect it. I'll spare you the long list of statistics because unfortunatley numbers don't speak reality into people's hearts and minds. It takes seeing someone deteriorate right before their eyes or attending a funeral of a friend to know that this is real and CAN happen to you and me. So what are you going to do about it?