Commemorating National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is Friday, Feb. 7, set during Black History Month to remind people of the devastating toll HIV has taken and continues to take on Black communities.

To date, over 230,000 Blacks have died of complications due to AIDS. Of the more than 1 million people that live with HIV in the United States, around half are Black.

The commemoration has become a testing and treatment community mobilization initiative for

Nell Davis will be one of many speakers  on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day at Allen Temple in Oakland.

Nell Davis will be one of many speakers on Black HIV/AIDS Awareness day at Allen Temple in Oakland.

Blacks in the United States and across the Diaspora since it began in 1999.

There are four specific focal points: Get Educated, Get Tested, Get Treated, and Get Involved.

The overall theme is “I am my brother’s, my sister’s keeper,” emphasizing that all African Americans regardless of sexual orientation, economic class, or educational level, can be an important part of the solution to the HIV epidemic in African American communities.

Throughout the month there will be free events throughout the area with opportunities of education, testing, and knowledge of the latest prevention tools.

Free Feb. 7 events:

9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Faith leaders, ministers and pastors only, Allen Temple Baptist Church, 8501 International Blvd. Oakland RSVP to Milton Hadden aat 4cunity@gmail.com

9 a.m. to noon. Preservation Park, Oakland: “Research and Reality” open to public

1233 Preservation Park Way, Robinson Classroom, Oakland.

Vincent Fugua has been heading a Candle light march in SF for five years.

Vincent Fugua has been heading a Candle light march in SF for five years.

5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.: City Hall San Francisco: open to the public. Candle light vigil that starts from City Hall ends at 9th Street for program

Free testing at Oakland at AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Out of the Closet Thrift Store, Oakland, 238 E18th St. noon to 7 p.m.

Free testing at AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s Out of the Closet Thrift Store, S.F., 1295 Folsom St., San Francisco, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

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