Since 2013, April 10th has been recognized as National Youth HIV & AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) . NBJC joins youth leaders and activists, advocates, families and communities across our nation on this day with the intention of educating the broader public about the unique impact of HIV/AIDS on young people, especially youth of color. Young people today are the first generation to have never known a world without HIV/AIDS, but continue to be disproportionately infected and affected by the preventable disease.

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April 10 is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD)—a day to remind our communities of the dramatic impact HIV and AIDS has on young people, especially African American lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) youth who are most affected by this preventable disease.

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) is proud to join the National Coalition for LGBT Health and other partner organizations during the 14th Annual National LGBT Health Awareness Week, March 28-April 1. This week is dedicated to bringing to light the healthcare challenges that impact the overall health of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Utilizing the 2016 theme, “OUTvisible: Redefining Stigma in LGBT Healthcare from Invisible to OUTVisible,” this week’s activities will focus heavily on combatting stigma and the ways in which it hinders LGBT people from getting tested and treated for STDs like HIV, overall PrEP usage, and mental health screenings, in addition to discrimination when accessing healthcare.

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Washington, DC – The National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC) released the following statements in response to the announcement that White House Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy (ONAP), Douglas Brooks, will be leaving the Obama Administration: “After two incredible years of leading our nation’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS, the NBJC family is saddened to learn that Director Douglas Brooks will be leaving the Obama Administration...."

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is observed annually on March 10 to highlight the importance of women and girls taking action to protect themselves and their partners from HIV through prevention, testing and treatment. Sponsored by the Office on Women's Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, this year's NWGHAAD theme is "The Best Defense is a Good Offense," and as a proud Black woman, I encourage all of my sisters--transgender, queer, same gender loving, gay, lesbian and heterosexual--to get tested to be part of the solution to fight HIV/AIDS.

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