National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) 2015

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness & Information Day (NBHAAD), held annually on February 7, began in 2001 as an effort to encourage African American and African immigrant communities to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS. The day is a national mobilization initiative to come together in unity to respond to the crisis of HIV/AIDS that is impacting the African American and African immigrant communities across America. The theme for NBHAAD 2015 is, “I Am My Brother/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.

2015 Events Calendar

Free Walk-in HIV Testing events flier, formatted for print: (PDF: 69KB/1 page)

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

Governor Dayton's 2015 Proclamation (PDF: 684KB/1 page)

Press Release

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

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How Organizations Can Participate

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

Some of the activities that community organizations may choose to provide or host are:

  • 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; and,
  • Youth peer education performances at schools and public events.

HIV/AIDS Facts For Minnesota

As of 12/31/13, a total of 10,409 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began:
  • 2,081 (20%) African American
  • 769 (7 %) African-born
  • 639 African Americans have died
  • 54 African-born persons have died
  • 1,703 African Americans currently living with HIV (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
  • 1,042 African-born persons currently living with HIV (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)

301 new HIV cases were reported in 2013:

  • 143 (48%) cases among whites: rate 3.2 per 100,000
  • 71 (24%) cases among African Americans: rate 39.2 per 100,000
  • 42 (14%) cases among African-born: rate 54.2 per 100,000 
  • Statewide rates for African Americans were nearly 11 times greater than whites
  • Rates for African-born communities were 17 times greater than whites

For More Information

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2015
Strategic Leadership Council
Web site:

NBHAAD tool kit available at:

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Updated Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at 08:46AM