Health : National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
“Stay the Course, the Fight is Not Over!”: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day sets the tone for the New Year
Happy New Year! It’s 2018 and we are moving forward yet again with new or renewed intentions to live better, love harder, survive longer, or affect change in some profound way. Embrace your journey with all the vigor, excitement, and hope the new year brings.
February 7th, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) kicks off our year of observances to reassert our commitment to serving those who are at risk and those living with HIV. What better way to revel the troops and set a pace for the entire year than with a powerful theme: “Stay the Course, the Fight is Not Over!”
Stay the Course, encourages us to steady our focus and our actions. Scientific breakthroughs have given us the tools to have an AIDS free generation within our grasp. Current HIV treatments are proven to reduce the chances of transmitting it to a partner when taken as prescribed. The scientific proof that when a person living with HIV has an undetectable viral load, the virus in untrasmittable has led to the U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable) campaign; a global movement established to fight stigma and empower those living with HIV to seek regular treatment. Biomedical research led to the discovery that Truvada®, a medication used in HIV treatment regimens, can prevent HIV from developing in an HIV negative person who is exposed while taking the pill daily. Our focus and actions should be directed towards ensuring persons living with HIV and those at risk have the education and access to the tools they need to stay healthy.
The Fight is Not Over, reminds us that our work to remove obstacles for our most vulnerable populations must persist. We are embracing our neighbors who need housing, food, mental health, or drug and alcohol counseling so they may overcome and achieve an improved state of wellness. Our battles are fought in court rooms, assemblies, healthcare and public health arenas, and even the streets. We fight with research, we fight with legislation, with policy, and with education. Most importantly, we fight together!
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