2020 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Symposium

Page updated on Jan 13, 2020 at 4:25 PM

Alexandria Health Department Hosts the 2020 National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Symposium

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that in 2017, blacks/African Americans accounted for 43% of all HIV diagnoses in the United States and six dependent areas, despite making up 13% of the U.S. population.  

February 7, 2020 marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an initiative aimed at increasing HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment across black communities.

The City of Alexandria will host the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Symposium on Saturday, February 8th, from 8 a.m. to noon at Roberts Memorial United Methodist Church (606 A Washington Street). The event will examine the role the community can play in preventing the spread and reducing the stigma of HIV among African Americans.

The Symposium will feature presentations on the basics of HIV, local and regional statistics, recent trends in prevention and care to include PrEP, a Call to Action by Philip Sain, HIV/AIDS Advocate and personal testimony from Lady. The event will also include FREE HIV testing and light breakfast.

The Symposium is free and open to the public, but attendees are asked to register online. To learn more about the Symposium, visit alexandriava.gov/Health or contact Nechelle Terrell, HIV/AIDS Coordinator, at Nechelle.Terrell@vdh.virginia.gov or 703.746.4933.

For media inquiries, contact Nechelle Terrell, Alexandria Health Department at Nechelle.Terrell@vdh.virginia.gov or 703.746.4933.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, email Nechelle.Terrell@vdh.virginia.gov or call 703.746.4933, Virginia Relay 711.