NMA Launches “Because Our Lives Matter” Initiative On National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

 

Mr. Martin Hamlette, JD, MPH

Mr. Martin Hamlette, JD, MPH

It is truly timely that the National Medical Association launches its “Because Our Lives Matter” Initiative on February 7, 2015, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, during Black History Month.  We are grateful to our partners in research and development who have created an entire new generation of HIV/AIDS medications that have saved thousands of lives.

However, in remembering the more than 265,812 African Americans who have lost their lives to AIDS in America, we must intensify our work to increase voluntary testing, HIV awareness and provide those who test positive for HIV with the best possible care.

We applaud the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for developing some of our most effective HIV prevention campaigns and programs such as “HIV Treatment Works!”; “Start Talking-Stop HIV”; and “Testing Makes Us Stronger.” Bold HIV prevention messages like these need to be heard again and again, especially by our youth.