Health and Wellness | HIV
In 2014, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) launched its Black LGBT Health & Wellness Initiative to place attention on Black LGBT health and wellness and to ensure these issues become part of the national LGBT-equality agenda. With the anchor funding of support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, NBJC created the initiative to address current health crises and disparities in culturally competent wellness programs that target the Black LGBT population. In addition, the initiative works to confront stigma and shame within the Black family, and to raise awareness and combat the health crises impacting the Black LGBT community, including the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) has made ending this epidemic a key pillar of our fight for justice. With Black people, families and our communities the most impacted by HIV/AIDS, and we know that the only way to Stop HIV is Together.
Research shows that poverty, isolation and fear of discrimination, lack of quality and accessible health care, and overt and systemic racism–compounded with deep-seated stigma–continues to place many in the Black community at-risk for infection.
In order to end HIV/AIDS in Black communities we must begin the critical conversations that lead to our healing: Talking to Stop HIV. In addition, we must to stop the spread of HIV/AIDS by Doing It — Testing for HIV and promoting the usage of medicines that prevent and treat HIV–including pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), and antiretroviral therapy (ART).
Latest on NBJC’s work to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic:
- 5/15/2015 | NBJC Stands in Solidarity with Michael Johnson and Calls for an End to the Criminalization of HIV
- 4/10/2015 | NBJC Recognizes National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with the Voices of Emerging Leaders
- 2/7/2015 | National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day