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Today (Feb. 7) marks the 17th annual observance of National Black HIV & AIDS Awareness Day, an opportunity to focus on the impact that HIV and AIDS has had and continues to have on the black and African American communities of the United States.

This year’s theme is “I Am My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper. Fight HIV/AIDS!” and many are doing their part from churches holding commemorative events to free, private on-site AIDS testing. Just last month, President Barack Obama gave his final State of the Union address, saying that the U.S. is on track to eliminate new HIV/AIDS transmissions by 2020.

Nevertheless, African Americans are dying at an alarming rate from the disease, with an estimated 500,000 plus individuals in our community living with HIV. Therefore, spreading the word and educating our people on the taboo topic is key as there is no vaccine to prevent HIV infection and no cure for AIDS that is readily available to the masses.

So, in honor of National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we’ve curated a list of the basic keys to prevention. Continue clicking and share this with someone you love.

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