The 18th Year of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is February 7.   It is a day to increase awareness about HIV among Blacks/African Americans and encourage people to get involved in prevention efforts, get tested, and get treatment if they are living with HIV. HIV diagnoses have fallen in recent years among African American women—declining 20% from 2011 to 2015.

Currently, approximately 471,500 African Americans in the U.S. are living with HIV, yet only 43% are virally suppressed. We need to open lines of communication within the African American communities in Space Coast and Treasure Coast areas and face this epidemic head on.

We encourage everyone to learn about HIV transmission, prevention and testing to continue the awareness and fight against this preventable, yet pervasive virus. Silence is NOT the answer. Know your status.

If you would like to be a part of the solution by spreading information in your neighborhood, community, clubs or churches or if you would like to receive FREE individual HIV and Hepatitis C counseling and testing, please contact Project Response, Inc. at 321-724-1177. We can provide additional HIV Awareness, Prevention and Testing brochures as well as group presentations throughout Brevard County and the Treasure Coast areas.

Sonya Mallard, Project Response, Inc. Education and Outreach Specialist will be providing FREE HIV rapid testing on February 7th from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Harry T. Moore Social Service Building, located at 725 South Deleon Avenue, Titusville Suite 126. Everyone is welcome to participate in this event.

Contact Project Response, Inc. for other testing sites throughout the Space Coast and Treasure Coast areas..