Remember the date: February 7, 2008 which will be otherwise known as Black AIDS Day.

Organizers and sponsors of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) are encouraging 1 million black people to get tested for the disease between now and February at local clinics and hospitals.

The goal is to make sure that the more people who are tested, will also be that many more people who are educated, involved and more importantly… treated. Communities across the country are going to be receiving the message loud and clear:

The purpose of testing 1 million black people is four-fold:
• Spread prevention awareness
• Know your status
• Get involved in education
• Seek continual treatment if you’re HIV positive

Organizers want to spread awareness about the disease and how to avoid the risk of contracting it and unknowingly spreading it.

The organization was actually five separate organizations which were funded by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 1999. Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day has recruited the help of celebrity spokespeople to get its message out. NBHAAD is calling upon the likes of Colin Powell, T.D. Jakes, Cheryl Lee Ralph, Patti LaBelle, NFL coach Tony Dungy, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and members of the Congressional Black Caucus to participate in a nationwide media blitz, starting today, to motivate people to learn their HIV status.

NBHAAD organizers are also relying on the following television channels to spread the word – TV One, Radio One, CNN, and BET.

Contributions, donations, and resources from the black business community would help to achieve the goal much quicker and help turn the epidemic around.
Statistics show that one out of every four African Americans with HIV does not know that they are infected with the virus.

If you don’t know your HIV status, then you don’t know enough about HIV.

For more information, please go to www.blackaidsday.org for more information on how to get tested or get involved in Black AIDS day activities. For information about sponsorship, send an e-mail to sponsorship@blackaidsday.org

(Courtesy of BlackEnterprise.com)

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