January 29, 2014 at 4:40 pm EDT | by Steve Charing
Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day set
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The Prevention and Health Promotion Administration (PHPA) under the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has tapped Feb. 7 as National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). NBHAAD is an HIV testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for blacks in the U.S. There are four specific focal points: Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Involved and Get Treated.

Baltimore-Towson had the sixth highest estimated HIV diagnosis rate of any major metropolitan area: 33.8 diagnoses per 100,000 population during 2011.

National estimates suggest that there are approximately 6,250 Marylanders who are HIV positive and are unaware of their status.

PHPA is asking organizations around the state to indicate if they are planning any events or activities in observance of this day. The purpose for this request is to include these events in the NBHAAD 2014 Events Calendar currently being developed by PHPA.

Information should be sent by Jan. 31 to carmi.washington-flood@maryalnd.gov.

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