HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAYS
On December 1st, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with HIV and to remember those who have died from AIDS related illnesses. Globally, there are approximately 1.5 million new cases of HIV every year, including over 35,000 new infections in the United States.
In Area 4, which includes Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns counties, there were 332 new diagnoses of HIV in 2021. Duval County accounts for 90.4% of these newly diagnosed cases.
In Area 4 (Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau, and St. Johns Counties) in 2021 there were:
- 162 Newly diagnosed AIDS cases
- 7, 901 people living with HIV
- 4,112 people living with AIDS
- 5,460 people living with HIV who have an Undetectable Viral Load*
*Viral suppression and undetectable viral load means having less than 200 copies of HIV per milliliter of blood. If you are virally suppressed, it prevents transmission. Undetectable = Untransmittable (U=U).
Did you know that World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988? Learn more about World AIDS Day.
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is observed each year on June 27. NHTD is held to encourage people to get tested for HIV and know their status. DOH-Duval is also helping individuals who are living with HIV get connected to treatment.
This year's theme is HIV Testing is Self-Care. Knowing your HIV status gives you powerful information to help you stay healthy. Learn more about National HIV Testing Day.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is observed each year on March 10. This year’s theme is HIV Prevention Starts with ME: Ending the HIV Epidemic Together. DOH-Duval will be promoting this awareness day to encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves from HIV.
- Testing is the only way to know if you are HIV+
- Any woman who has sex is at risk of HIV, no matter her
race, ethnicity, or age
- Protect yourself and your partner every time by using a condom
- If you do not have HIV and your partner does, talk to your
doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). PrEP is a
daily pill that can reduce your risk of getting HIV
- Never share needles, syringes, or other injection equipment
- Fight the stigma! Support your friends and living with HIV or AIDS
HIV and AIDS By the Numbers - Duval County, 2020:
- 24.4% of new HIV diagnoses occurred in women.
- 36.4% of new AIDS diagnoses occurred in women.
- 2,208 women in Duval live with HIV.
- 1,228 women in Duval live with AIDS
- Heterosexual contact is the biggest risk factor for women contracting HIV.
- 18.8% of women with HIV did not receive treatment last year.
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National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed each year on October 15 to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States. The NLAAD campaign promotes HIV testing and prevention, and provides information on access to care for Hispanic/Latino communities across the nation. Learn more about NLAAD.
Help raise awareness about the impact of HIV on the Latinx community in Duval County. Encourage your friends and family to get tested as part of their routine health care.
Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is held each year on August 20 to raise awareness about HIV in southern communities.
The South experiences the greatest burden of HIV infections and deaths.
- 51% of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur in the South, even though this region contains only 38% of the U.S. population.
- Among the ten states with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses, eight are in the South.
- Many factors contribute to this disparity, including poverty, unemployment, stigma, and access to healthcare.
Learn more about Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) is held annually on April 18 to promote the importance of routine HIV testing and status awareness among transgender and gender non-binary people.
The transgender community is considered high-risk for HIV infection.
- Transgender women are disproportionately affected by HIV.
- PrEP can greatly reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
- High risk individuals should be tested for HIV at least once per year. Some individuals should be tested every three to six months.
Providers - get to know you patients.
- Collect complete patient demographics: including sex assigned at birth, current gender identity, and preferred name and pronouns.
- Don’t be afraid to ask about sexual history and other risk factors.
- Complete and accurate data is crucial for designing and evaluating HIV prevention programs.
Everyone can help fight stigma.
- Discrimination prevents transgender people from accessing quality healthcare.
- Help educate others about issues affecting the trans community.
- Examine your own sub-conscious biases.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/transgender/index.html
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is held each year on April 10. It is a day to educate our communities about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people. We do this by linking people to services and by providing sexual health education and resources.
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is observed each year on February 7th to promote awareness and highlight the great work being done to reduce HIV in Black communities in the U.S.
Learn more about NBHAAD and find out how you can help increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.
World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1st to bring attention to the HIV epidemic and speak out against HIV stigma. This year’s theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.”