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Resource Round-Up: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2014

, by San Francisco AIDS Foundation

NBHAAD_2013_Postcard_FRONTNational Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a community mobilization initiative around HIV testing, treatment, and care for African-Americans, one of the populations most disproportionately affected by HIV across the United States.

NBHAAD aims to reverse trends in HIV rates and improve HIV health among African-Americans by boosting knowledge about HIV, promoting testing, increasing community involvement around HIV, and encouraging people who test positive to access treatment. Visit NationalBlackAIDSDay.org to learn more and meet NBHAAD spokespersons, find events, gain knowledge to fight HIV stigma, and access the 2014 NBHAAD toolkit of downloadable materials. Also, make use of the resources below to help promote HIV awareness, testing, and health, today and every day.

Resources for Your Health and Your Community

National HIV and STD Testing Resources: Getting tested is the first step toward finding an HIV prevention strategy that works for you or getting the medical care you need to maintain your health. With this testing site “finder,” enter your zipcode to search for a location to get tested for HIV and/or other sexually transmitted diseases. Or, find a testing site by text! Text your five-digit zip code to “KNOWIT” (566948) and get a text message back showing your nearest testing location.

My Ideal Provider Checklist: Working with a medical provider you can trust and who listens to your concerns has proven health benefits. Use this checklist to identify the ideal provider for you. (An online “finder” can help you locate HIV docs in your area.)

Starting Meds for the First Time: Thinking about starting HIV treatment? Here’s a round-up of resources to help you work with your doc and decide when to start HIV meds, what to start with, how to stick with your regimen, what to do about side effects, and how to get assistance paying for medications.

Black Brothers Esteem: San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s program for gay, bi, and same-gender-loving African-American men (HIV positive and HIV negative) offers drop-in groups, counseling and support, educational workshops, and social events to help build community and promote health and wellness. (Don’t miss the program’s guides to housing, spiritual health, and wellness resources, created by BBE members.)

DREAAM Project: Also from San Francisco AIDS Foundation, DREAAM is for gay, bi, and transgender African-American men ages 18­–30 who are living with our at risk for HIV. The program offers weekly drop-in groups, individual counseling, free HIV testing, and links to medical care and services. Call 415-575-0150 to learn more, and read a profile of this life-changing program.

Black PLUS—Positive Living for Us: This two-day workshop, held March 22 and 29, 2014, in San Francisco and hosted by San Francisco AIDS Foundation’s DREAAM Project, is designed for African-Americans who are newly diagnosed with HIV or seeking to re-engage with medical care.

How Do You Talk About It? “Undetectable” Among African-American Gay Men: See why talking about what “undetectable” means—and what it doesn’t mean—is vitally important to the health of individuals and their communities.

NationalBlackAIDSDay.org: Find (or post) an event, locate an HIV testing site, and get educational materials and other tools to promote HIV prevention and health in your community.

Ten Things YOU Can Do For NBHAAD: From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), get ten tools you can use today for your own and your community’s health.

HIV Among African Americans: The CDC’s fact sheet with national data on HIV infection rates, AIDS diagnoses, and mortality.

HIV in Black America­—A Visual Breakdown: Use this infographic from TheBody.com to understand the HIV epidemic among African-Americans, including statistics and prevention challenges.

National Minority AIDS Council: Keep tabs on advocacy actions (and find out how to join in), and access fact sheets, trainings, a learning lab and resource library, and more.

Greater Than AIDS: Videos, fact sheets, educational campaigns and materials, and much more from this comprehensive resource produced collaboratively by the Black AIDS Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Have more resources to recommend? Let us know in the comments below!

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