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Hello,

Today is the 18th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! The 2017 theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” The Strategic Leadership Council NBHAAD Planning Committee provides NBHAAD information at its website. Every year individuals and organizations across the nation participate in National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to promote HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in black communities. Here are three facts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that will persuade you to join the effort today:

  • Compared with other races and ethnicities, African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS.

  • At the end of 2012, only 37% of African Americans living with HIV were prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART).

  • In 2013, 3,742 African Americans died of HIV or AIDS, accounting for 54% of total deaths attributed to the disease that year.

My wife, actress and activist Sheryl Lee Ralph, and I have been long-time advocates for people getting tested for HIV/AIDS and knowing their status. Please check out the information below and visit the links to find out how you can get tested and know your status.

Thanks, 
State Senator Vincent Hughes

Helpful Resources for Information, Testing and Treatment

AIDS Information

U.S. Government Resources AIDS Information 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Urban Coalition for HIV/AIDS Preventative Services

HIV/AIDS Public Policy

Bebashi − (215) 769-3561

Action AIDS  - (215) 981-0088

AIDS Activities Coordinating Office 

Haven Youth Center  − (267) 776-4417

African Family Health Organization − (215) 546-1232

Dorothy Mann Center for Pediatric and Adolescent HIV

Rapid HIV Testing in Montgomery County

The Partnership Comprehensive Care Practice

Philadelphia Fight − (215) 985-4448

AIDS Fund Philly − (215) 731-9255

Mazzoni Center− (215) 985-9206

Y-HEP, a program for youth!

HIV/AIDS Mobile Apps

Health Information Hotline

Find out where you can get a free HIV test. Learn more about HIV disease and AIDS.
Sign up for HIV programs and services: 1-800-985-2437
Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
English and Spanish. Interpreter services are available for other languages.
Callers outside Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware or Montgomery County can reach the Hotline at 1-215-985-2437.

 

HIV/AIDS IS A FAST GROWING KILLER OF BLACK WOMEN!

Follow the 4 GETS to fight HIV/AIDS in our community!

GET INFORMED.
What you don't know can kill you. Knowledge is a powerful weapon against HIV/AIDS.
 
GET TESTED.
When was the last time you took an HIV Test? The vast majority of people infected with the AIDS virus do not even know it. You can’t protect yourself or your partner if you do not know your current status. Test Alone. Test Together. Test with Friends.
 
GET TREATED.
Get in care, stay in care and live well!. Research has shown that putting an HIV-positive person on treatment reduces their chances of transmitting the virus by as much as 90 percent. AIDS is not the death sentence it once was. Early treatment can prolong your life.
 
GET INVOLVED.
HIV/AIDS is spreading through our communities because not enough of us are involved in efforts to stop it. Get involved in the fight. Start talking! We can stop the spread of HIV/AIDS one conversation at a time while erasing the stigma that still plagues our community. Be the generation that makes a difference!
As you get involved, remember our conversations MUST be inclusive of giving women back their worth and value. We know that women sometimes forget about the basic needs of survival when it comes to their own health.

Sources: Black AIDS Institute and Healthy Black Communities, Inc.

Join the Conversation on Social Media:

  • Follow @AIDSGov On Twitter and Facebook
  • Find and join some of the scheduled Twitter chat on February 7 using #NBHAAD

Learn more about the issues and provide your feedback on my website at senatorhughes.com as well as on Facebook and Twitter (@SenatorHughes).

Offices of State Senator Vincent Hughes

www.senatorhughes.com

  DISTRICT OFFICE
4950 Parkside Avenue | Suite 300
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215.879.7777
Fax: 215.879.7778
HARRISBURG OFFICE
Senate Box 203007
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3007
Phone: 717.787.7112
Fax: 717.772.0579