DID YOU KNOW? African Americans represented 12% of the US population but, as of 2015, accounted for 45% (17,670) of HIV diagnoses. Hispanics/Latinos represented about 18% of the US population, but accounted for 24% (9,290) of HIV diagnoses as of 2015.
According to the CDC, African Americans have the most severe demographic burden of HIV in the United States with a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS. And despite continued education and outreach on prevention, the rate of infection continues to increase. Learn more about Getting to Zero Alexandria and what you can do to support achieving Zero Infections | Zero HIV Deaths | Zero Stigma in Alexandria.
"Thicker Than Blood" film screening
Thursday, FEBRUARY 28 | 6 P.M. - 10 P.M.
(Lee Center ▪ 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria)
The event will highlight the stigma and challenges of living with HIV today, while increasing awareness about the barriers faced by HIV+ and LGBTQ community members. Doors open at 6 p.m.; the film will start promptly at 7 p.m. Facilitators will lead discussion immediately following the movie. Light refreshments will be served prior to the movie, and FREE HIV testing will be available.
This event is co-sponsored by Alexandria Health Department; Getting to Zero Alexandria; Alexandria Commission on HIV/AIDS, Gay Men's Health Collaborative (GMHC); and Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. Northern Virginia Alumnae Chapter.
“Thicker than Blood” tells the story of Jordan, the youngest of two sons, who returns home for the first time in three years to celebrate his brother's promotion. During what is supposed to be a joyous afternoon, secrets are revealed and masks uncovered. A once tight-knit family must pick up the pieces and put them back together before losing each other forever. The film's trailer is available here.
For more information, please contact HIV/AIDS Coordinator, Nechelle Terrell at Nechelle.Terrell@vdh.virginia.gov or 703.746.4933.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NBHAAD)
February 7 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an initiative aimed at increasing HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment in response to the growing HIV/AIDS epidemic in African American communities. The observance encourages people to “Get Educated. Get Involved. Get Tested. Get Treated.” #NBHAAD
HIV in the US Today
In the US, approximately 15% of people living with HIV are unaware of their infection, and are estimated to account for almost 40% of ongoing transmissions. Individuals who are aware of their HIV infection cannot only receive critical HIV care (which can preserve immune function, decrease risk for morbidity and mortality, and reduce risk of transmission) but reduce the risk of passing the disease to others through more responsible behavior.
Find out more about the State of the AIDS Epidemic, Getting to Zero Alexandria, and visit Alexandria Health Department’s STI Clinic, Rainbow Tuesdays Clinic, or HIV Testing Services to find out how to check your status and prevent sexually transmitted diseases through responsible sexual behavior.