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PRINTER'S NO. 277
THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
HOUSE RESOLUTION
No.
28
Session of
2019
INTRODUCED BY WHEATLEY, READSHAW, ISAACSON, MURT, SCHLOSSBERG,
BIZZARRO, ROTHMAN, MILLARD, YOUNGBLOOD, LONGIETTI, McNEILL,
HILL-EVANS, PASHINSKI, RYAN, FREEMAN, STRUZZI, KORTZ, KINSEY,
SAPPEY, JOZWIAK, CALTAGIRONE, McCLINTON, SCHWEYER, NEILSON,
DeLUCA AND GAINEY, FEBRUARY 1, 2019
INTRODUCED AS NONCONTROVERSIAL RESOLUTION UNDER RULE 35,
FEBRUARY 1, 2019
A RESOLUTION
Recognizing February 7, 2019, as "National Black HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day" in Pennsylvania.
WHEREAS, According to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), HIV/AIDS affect African Americans at alarming
rates; and
WHEREAS, Of all the racial and ethnic groups within the
United States, African Americans are the most affected by
HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, In 2017, African Americans comprised only 13% of the
United States population but accounted for 43% of all new HIV
infections; and
WHEREAS, In 2017, African-American males were diagnosed with
AIDS approximately 8.5 times the rate as Caucasian males,
and African-American males are 7 times more likely to die from
HIV/AIDS than Non-Hispanic Caucasian males; and
WHEREAS, In 2015, African-American females were diagnosed
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with AIDS 23 times the rate as Caucasian females, and African-
American females are 15 times more likely to die from HIV/AIDS
than Non-Hispanic Caucasian females; and
WHEREAS, In 2015, the HIV incidence rate in Pennsylvania was
52 new cases per 100,000 population; and
WHEREAS, "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" seeks to
educate African Americans about this devastating disease through
a platform emphasizing four main points: education, testing,
involvement and treatment; and
WHEREAS, "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" began in
1999 as five organizations worked collectively to assist in the
effort to decrease and ultimately eradicate HIV/AIDS in the
African-American community; and
WHEREAS, The five organizations included: Concerned Black
Men, Inc., of Philadelphia, Health Watch Information and
Promotion Services, Inc., Jackson State University - Mississippi
Urban Research Center, the National Black Alcoholism and
Addictions Council and the National Black Leadership Commission
on AIDS; and
WHEREAS, Healthy Black Communities, Inc., (HBC) will serve as
the leading organization ensuring the initiative is carried out
annually; and
WHEREAS, HBC maintains an active Internet presence promoting
awareness of the importance of educating communities on the
effects of HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, It is imperative that African Americans educate
themselves and their communities on the effects of HIV/AIDS; and
WHEREAS, African Americans should be tested to learn their
HIV/AIDS status because education and early detection are
critical in saving lives; therefore be it
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RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives recognize
February 7, 2019, as "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" in
Pennsylvania; and be it further
RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives annually
recognize "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" to increase
education, promote inclusion and emphasize the importance of
testing and HIV/AIDS treatment.
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