February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
"Racism, systemic inequities, social and economic marginalization, residential segregation, and other longstanding barriers are key drivers of the disproportionate impact of HIV among Black or African-American communities in the U.S." (CDC)
Despite this disproportionate impact, sexual health resources are more available than ever with preventative measures like PrEP(Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis) along with treatments which can make the virus undetectable.
Above all, knowing your status in key, so regular testing is critical in prevention and wellness.
Violence and stigma toward HIV-affected people is still pervasive in our society. Awareness, discussion, and understanding of available resources and how others can be supportive is critical to eliminating the stigma and moving towards lowering cases among Black Americans as well as the world.
AVP`s hotline is available 24/7 for HIV-affected people, regardless of sexual orientation, who have or are experiencing violence.
For help, contact our hotline at 212-714-1141.