Public Health Recognizes National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Mecklenburg County Public Health will observe National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Feb. 7. The day was first observed in 1999. 

The observance is a day to acknowledge how HIV disproportionately affects Black people. In 2022, African Americans made up 31% of Mecklenburg County’s population, but accounted for 65% of new HIV diagnoses. 

“The data can be disheartening but it also galvanizes our commitment to create awareness and education,” said Matt Jenkins, Mecklenburg County Public Health HIV/STD director. “Testing and treatment are available, and we want to support our residents by making sure they have the access to those services.”

As cited on, Black communities have made great progress in reducing HIV. Yet racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the health care system may affect whether Black people seek or receive HIV prevention services. These issues may also reduce the likelihood of engaging in HIV treatment and care. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among Black communities.

This year’s awareness theme is "Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities.”
Mecklenburg County Public Health will offer HIV/STI screenings and MPOX vaccines at the following locations: 

In addition to testing throughout the week, Public Health will host an awareness event on Wednesday, Feb. 7, with the film “Endgame: AIDS in Black America.” There will be a guided discussion following the film for further education and engagement.

The event will be at Independent Picture House movie theater, 4237 Raleigh St., Charlotte, N.C. 28213 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.
Individuals interested in attending should RSVP

For more information regarding HIV/STI screenings or access to PrEP, call 704-432-TEST (8378).