National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Posted on March 16, 2015 by Philadelphia FIGHT February 7th is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the disproportionate burden of HIV among African-Americans. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African-Americans accounted for 47% of persons who received an HIV diagnosis in 2012. A recent report published by the CDC found that the mortality rate among American Americans with HIV declined 28% between 2009-2012. Despite this progress, African American communities have higher HIV infection and mortality rates than any other groups. The 2012 rate is 47% higher than Latinos, and 13% higher than whites. Here are resources, including many freely available factsheets, that you can use to learn about HIV/AIDS and its impact on Black communities. IN THE AIDS LIBRARY Here are some titles we have in the Library (for more titles, search our catalog here) BOOKS AIDS and African Americans: A Guide for Substance Abuse, Sexuality, and Care, Pamela Blackwell JohnsonAshamed to Die: Silence, Denial, and the AIDS Epidemic in the South, Andrew SkerrittBeyond the Down Low: Sex, Lies, and Denial in Black America, Keith BoykinBrother to Brother: New Writings by Black Gay Men, Joseph Beam; Essex HemphillDoes Your House Have Lions?, Sonia SanchezHealth First!: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, Hilary Beard; Eleanor Hinton HoyttHealth Issues in the Black Community, Ronald Braithwaite; Sandra TaylorIn the Life: a Black Gay Anthology, Joseph BeamLetters to an Incarcerated Brother: Encouragement, Hope, and Healing for Inmates and their Loved Ones, Hill HarperLiving with HIV/AIDS: The Black Person’s Guide to Survival, Eric GoosbyMedical Apartheid: The Dark History of Medical Examination on Black Americans from Colonial Times to Present, Harriet WashingtonMy Brother, Jamaica KincaidNot in My Family: AIDS in the African-American Community, Gil L. Robertson IVPush, SapphireRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet MockThe Kid, SapphireThe Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, Evelyn WhiteThe Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Blackness, Cathy CohenThe Secret Epidemic: The Story of AIDS in Black America, Jacob Levenson DVDS All of UsBlack is — Black Ain’tBroken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S.CoverEnd Game: AIDS in Black AmericaFor Colored GirlsHoliday HeartLife SupportLiving Life to the Fullest: a Guide for HIV Positive African AmericansMarlon T. Rigg’s Tongues UntiedOne WeekOut of Control: AIDS in Black AmericaParis is BurningThe AnnouncementYesterday THE BASICS For a brief introduction to this issue, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Black Americans and HIV/AIDS For a longer introduction, see: The Body’s HIV/AIDS Resource Center for African AmericansAvert’s HIV & AIDS Among African AmericansThe Body’s HIV and Me: An African American’s Guide to Living with HIV For statistical introductions, see: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on HIV among African Americans – for basic factsheets, podcasts, and other resourcesThe U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS Bureau’s factsheet about HIV/AIDS and African Americans Specific Issues For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Men Who Have Sex with Men (MSM), see: Back of the Line: The State of AIDS among Black Gay Men in America, a report by the Black AIDS InstituteHIV/AIDS Among African American Gay and Bisexual Men, factsheets by the Centers for Disease Control and PreventionMyths of Black MSM, an article featured in Poz Magazine For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Women and other intersecting issues including pregnancy, see: Reproductive Justice and HIV, a factsheet by the Positive Women’s Network-USAUnspoken: Sexuality, Romance, and Reproductive Freedom for Women Living with HIV in the United States, a report by Positive Women’s Network-USABlack* Women and HIV/AIDS: Findings from Southeast Regional Consumer and Provider Focus Group Interviews, an issue brief by the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS DirectorsRyan White Providers Address HIV/AIDS among African American Women, a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services AdministrationWomen and HIV/AIDS, review this page by Avert featuring information about HIV/AIDS among African American womenTransgender People and HIV/AIDS, review this page by Avert featuring information about HIV/AIDS among African American transgender womenWomen and HIV/AIDS in the United States, a comprehensive fact-sheet by the Kaiser Family Foundation NEWS AND PERSONAL ACCOUNTS For personal accounts, see: The Body’s Up Close & Personal, first-person narratives from African Americans living with HIVGreater Than AIDS’ Speak Out campaign, first-person stories aimed at confronting the silence and stigma that surrounds HIV/AIDSJustin’s HIV Journey, Justin shares his experiences as a gay man living with HIVRae Lewis-Thorton’s Diva Living with HIV, Rae shares her experiences as a woman living with AIDS For additional resources, contact the AIDS Library.