By race/ethnicity, African Americans face the most severe burden of HIV in the United States. While making up only 13 percent of the U.S. population, they account for more than 49 percent of AIDS cases and 46 percent of people living with a diagnosis of an HIV infection. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34 and the second leading cause of death for Black men ages 35 to 44.
Despite much research, there still is not a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. All Americans, especially communities of color need to learn more about HIV vaccine research in order to make an HIV vaccine a reality.
There are many ways you can take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS:
- Get tested for HIV
- Practice safe methods to prevent HIV
- Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
- Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends and colleagues
- Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
- Wear The Bracelet to contribute to funding for HIV/AIDS prevention education, care services and vaccine development
Visit http://www.until.org to purchase your bracelet today so that you can wear it proudly on February 7 in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.