Metro Weekly (Washington) (01.31.13)
Many businesses in the Washington, D.C. community are supporting the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), which will take place on February 7. The estimated rate of new HIV infections among blacks/African Americans continues to be greater than the rate among whites. In 2010, according to CDC, blacks/African Americans comprised 44 percent of new HIV infections. NBHAAD’s cornerstone is testing, but it aims for much more. Nycal Anthony-Townsend, president of the Alliances for Quality Education and the chairperson of NBHAAD’s Strategic Leadership Council, declares NBHAAD is about “empowering and mobilizing communities across the nation to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS among the black population through education, testing, advocacy and treatment.” Townsend emphasizes the huge impact that efforts like NBHAAD can provide the community, noting that supporting efforts like NBHAAD are beneficial to the business community, beyond the reward of doing the right thing. He states “a healthy workforce is an asset to any industry.” For more information about NBHAAD and how to get involved, visit http://www.nationalblackaidsday.org. You can also find NBHAAD on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.