National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2016

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), held annually on February 7, encourages African American and African immigrant communities to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS prevention. The theme for NBHAAD 2016 is, “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!”

NBHAAD is directed, planned and organized by the Strategic Leadership Council who partners with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to mobilize communities and provide technical support to localities to influence the course of HIV/AIDS prevention in Black communities across the country.

2016 Events Calendar

How to Plan NBHAAD Activities:
- Community-Based Organizations
- Local Public Health Departments

Governor Dayton's 2016 Proclamation (PDF)

On this page:
How Organizations Can Participate
HIV/AIDS Facts for Minnesota
For More Information

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016 Fact Sheet (PDF)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2016 Talking Points (PDF)

How Organizations Can Participate

Organizations may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS within their communities.

  • Host an event to re-sound the alarm;
  • Articles/editorials/news releases in newspapers and newsletters;
  • Community forums on AIDS;
  • Rapid HIV testing opportunities at community locations and events;
  • Agency/clinic-based HIV testing for walk-ins arranged and scheduled;
  • Public exhibits to distribute HIV prevention education materials;
  • Community marches and rallies;
  • Social media and mobile text messaging used to promote NBHAAD;
  • Agency web pages created and posted for the observance;
  • Youth peer education performances at schools and public events;
  • Places of worship promote the observance; and,
  • Get NBHAAD resources from the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website

HIV/AIDS Facts For Minnesota

As of 12/31/14, a total of 10,718 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began:

  • 2,126 (20%) African American
  • 823 (7 %) African-born
  • 652 African Americans have died
  • 60 African-born persons have died
  • 1,719 African Americans currently living with HIV (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
  • 1,100 African-born persons currently living with HIV (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)

307 new HIV cases were reported in 2014:

  • 136 (44%) cases among whites: rate 3.1 per 100,000
  • 61 (20 %) cases among African Americans: rate 31.8 per 100,000
  • 52 (17%) cases among African-born: rate 67.0 per 100,000 
  • Statewide rates for African Americans were 10 times greater than whites
  • Rates for African-born communities were 22 times greater than whites

For More Information

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Strategic Leadership Council
NBHAAD Web site

NBHAAD tool kit available

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