On July 17, The Black Church & HIV initiative will recognize the fifth annual Day of Unity, a day on which faith leaders across the United States unite in the fight against HIV, preaching from the pulpit about the disparate impact of HIV on Black America.
While progress has been made in the fight against HIV, Black America continues to bear the heaviest burden of the HIV epidemic. African Americans account for only 12% of the U.S. population, but represent almost half of all HIV/AIDS infections (43%) and new diagnoses (44%) in the U.S. in 2014.
These statistics represent a concerning trend in Black America – one that has been perpetuated by long-standing silence within our communities around the HIV epidemic. The Day of Unity is an opportunity for us to harness the power of the 21,000 Black Churches in the U.S. and change the course of this destructive epidemic.
We are inviting pastors to inspire action this Day of Unity through:
– Preach from the pulpit about HIV as a social justice issue on July 17
– Share information about HIV and Day of Unity with your communities
– Act by hosting a testing or awareness event at your Church
Make a commitment to the Day of Unity today and join us in action as you Preach, Share, or Act to inspire your community in the fight against HIV.