Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Time to increase HIV education, testing 

Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Time to increase HIV education, testing
February 1, 2024

Black Americans represent approximately 12% of the U.S. population but account for 40% of people with HIV. The rate of new HIV infections among Black women is 10 times that of white women and four times that of Latina women. While HIV can affect anyone regardless of sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, gender, age, or where they live, some population groups have higher rates of HIV in their communities, thus raising the risk of new infections.  

Black communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services. These issues may also reduce the likelihood of engaging in HIV treatment and care.

National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day on February 7 is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among Black communities. We encourage employers to use this as a call to action to educate your workforce about HIV, to reduce stigma and create workplaces where everyone feels they belong, as well as help make employees aware of the HIV prevention and treatment resources available to them.

We hope you will join Mercer and the community of companies committed to working together to ensure that today’s powerful HIV prevention and treatment tools reach those who need them the most in our quest to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.

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