Friday, February 6, 2015

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day - February 7, 2015

by Ceasar Montoya

HIV/AIDS is still disproportionately affecting communities of color. Latinos and Blacks continue to make up more HIV/AIDS cases in comparison to white populations.

Will you allow this to continue? Will you continue to stigmatize those who are impacted? Will you instead take a pledge toward action?

It has been proven time and time again that knowledge does not equate to behavior change. Let your commitment to an action plan that supports behavior change be your first step. Then take action to support those who need help.

It’s important to have the facts. And while statistics aren’t going to change anything, together, we can move forward toward creating a tomorrow where HIV/AIDS does not negatively impact our communities of color.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has a vast amount of resources, information, and support services to partner with these populations and close the gap. Get tested, know your status. Take part in testing and outreach activities. Find out what your local health organization has to offer. Community based organizations and local churches and schools are also great resources for outreach. The tools to change behavior and the disproportionate statistics are at hand.

One of our greatest strengths is the strength found in community. Each step, no matter how small, leads to positive individual change. Each individual change leads to positive outcomes. Zero new HIV/AIDS cases can be achieved. It’s up to all of us.

Please visit the resources below for more information:

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