By: Lanetra Bennett
February 5, 2013
Thursday, February 7th, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Tuesday, the Bond Community Health Center, along with community leaders, got a head start on getting the message out.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an effort to encourage HIV testing and treatment in the Black community.
Bond Health Officials say in 2007, HIV was the ninth leading cause of death for African Americans, and the third leading cause of death for Black men and women aged 35 to 44.
Dr. Perry Brown with the FAMU Institute of Public Health was the speaker at Tuesday's press conference. He says, "Because of that, it really does require peridically focusing, peridically charging. Also, the opprotunity to continue to build those kind of parnterships which will move us toward that ultimate goal of having an AIDS-free generation."
Bond says in 2009, an estimated 16,741 African Americans were diagnosed with AIDS in the U.S.
By the end of 2008, an estimated 240,627 African Americans with an AIDS diagnosis died.