(BlackDoctor.org) — In April 2009, officials from the White House, Department of Health and Human Services, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched Act Against AIDS, a new national communication campaign that aims to combat complacency about the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States over the next five years via multiple phases and platforms. NMA is one of 14 national leading African-American organizations partnering with the CDC’s Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative (AAALI).
As statistics indicate, the HIV/AIDS epidemic continues to ravage communities unchecked and there is much to do. HIV is particularly severe in African American communities. Nearly half of the more than 56,000 new HIV infections each year are among African Americans (45%) and 1 in 16 black men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime. The NMA has for decades been at the forefront of efforts to address this disease. We continue to partner with the CDC, and other federal and non-federal entities to develop and implement HIV/AIDS educational and awareness programs designed for both physician and patients to reduce the burden of this epidemic. Our Sexual History Taking tool and our Act Against AIDS Leadership Initiative are just two examples of this continued work.