Black LGBTQ organization partners with Twitter for HIV education campaign

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National Black Justice Coalition commemorates 2021 World AIDS Day

On December 1, 2021, World AIDS Day is observed. This year the National Black Justice Coalition, has partneed with Twitter’s #CampaignsForChange and #TwitterIgnite on a campaign to educate people about HIV/AIDS and the importance of individuals in the fight to end the epidemic. The campaign centers around a safe space on Twitter that encourages the use of the #MyFirstHIVTweet hashtag and urges people to talk about HIV and sexual wellness.

LEARN MORE AT:nbjc.org/world-aids-day/

World AIDS Day is an opportunity to remember those who have passed due to an AIDS-related illness, support those currently living with HIV, and unite in the fight to end HIV/AIDS worldwide.

An estimated 37.7 million people globally were living with HIV at the end of 2020, and since the epidemic began in the 1980s, 36.3 million people have died from an AIDS-related illness.

In the U.S., the Black community is one of the communities that is disproportionately impacted by HIV, with gay, bisexual, and same-gender loving men and Black women being the most affected. In 2018, Black people comprised 42% (16,002) of the 37,968 new HIV diagnoses, and Black same-gender loving, gay, and bisexual men made up 26% (9,712) of the new diagnoses. In 2016, Black women accounted for 6 in 10 new HIV diagnoses among women.

“Conversations about HIV prevention, treatment, and support on World AIDS Day must center on the Black community,” said David Johns, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition. “We must reduce stigma in our community, including by having critically important but sometimes challenging conversations about HIV/AIDS.”

“There are many people who are engaged in activism around the LGBTQ+ community and racial issues but are notably absent from the conversation around HIV.” Said Johns. “This is because the epidemic is not visible for them and because they lack accurate information on HIV. My hope is this safe space encourages people to send what will not be their last HIV/Tweet and to consider using NBJC to help find a testing location or to request an at-home testing kit. Too many people are still dying as a result of HIV/AIDS and this does not have to be our reality.”

NBJC has created a toolkit to support conversations about holistic health and wellness.

For more information on how HIV/AIDS impacts the Black community and how to engage during World AIDS Day and beyond, view NBJC’s World AIDS Day Toolkit and get tested. Know your status. Doctors recommend testing every three to six months if you are sexually active.

You can find a testing site near you at gettested.cdc.gov/ or if you are 17 years or older and live in the U.S., order a free at-home HIV test kit at Have Good Sex program.