National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is Feb. 7. The focus of NBHAAD is to educate the black community about the basics of HIV and AIDS.
This year’s NBHAAD theme is ‘stay the course, the fight is not over!’ Locally, a black history-themed art exhibit will be held at the Pride Center in Wilton Manors to commemorate NBHAAD.
“There will be about seven artists representing a variety of art forms,” said Lorenzo Robertson, Emerging Interventions Manager at the Pride Center. “We will showcase artists, photographers, painters, sculptors and poets. We will also have a spoken word artist who will share her story of living with HIV.”
African Americans account for a higher proportion of new HIV diagnoses, those living with HIV, and those ever diagnosed with AIDS, compared to other races/ethnicities, according to the Centers for Disease Control. In 2015, African Americans accounted for 45 percent of HIV diagnoses, though they comprise 12 percent of the population in the U.S.
The event is organized and hosted by the Pride Center’s Kiki Project.
The Kiki Project is an HIV prevention program designed by black gay men for black gay men. The program began in 2014 as a pilot funded by the Florida Health Department in Broward County.
The art exhibit occurs the day after NBHAAD on Feb. 8 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will be held in the Pride Center Schubert Building Main Hall.
The Pride Center is located at 2040 North Dixie Highway in Wilton Manors.