National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is a commemorative day designed to promote HIV testing and treatment among Black people in the United States. NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities.
Rates of HIV/AIDS are disproportionately higher in the Black community compared to the general population. Structural inequality in the healthcare sector, dense sexual networks among Black men who have sex with men (MSM), and higher rates of incarceration all contribute to this disparity.
NBHAAD leverages a national platform to help combat the stigma of HIV so that rates of new infections will decline and those living with HIV/AIDS can access treatment.