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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: January 13, 2020 10:18 AM
From: Representative Jake Wheatley, Jr.
To: All House members
Subject: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Pennsylvania
African Americans have the highest rates of new HIV infections and new AIDS diagnoses of any racial and ethnic group in the United States. In Pennsylvania, African Americans make up 48.5% of all newly diagnosed HIV cases. While new HIV diagnoses among young adults declined by approximately 15% in the past two years, approximately 53% of new diagnoses among young adults in 2018 were among African Americans. African American males are approximately 8.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection, as compared to Caucasian males. Worse yet, African American females are 16 times more likely to be diagnosed with HIV infection than Caucasian females.

This resolution honors February 7, 2020, as “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day” in Pennsylvania. National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is organized by Healthy Black Communities (HBC), a national nonprofit organization, and attempts to decrease and ultimately eradicate HIV/AIDS in the Black community by utilizing a four-point strategy including: education, testing, involvement and treatment.

Join me in supporting this resolution and raising awareness to the plight of those who suffer from this terrible disease.

Introduced as HR668