Jay Ellis Takes a Stand for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


Yesterday (Feb. 7th) was Nation Black HIV Awareness day, and the handsomely ‘woke’ Jay Ellis has made a personal pledge to raise said awareness. To do so, the Insecure actor partnered with the leading HIV and AIDS research organization, amfAR, to help eradicate the disheartening number of HIV cases in the black community. With February also marking Black History month, the actor couldn’t have chosen a better time to bring clarity to a once cloudy cause.

I think the thing that’s so important about raising awareness during Black History Month is that it’s also a moment for us to step back to realize that we still need to reach out to our community,” Ellis, a newly inducted member of amFar’s Board of Trustees, told Huff Post. “We still need to be helping our community and raising awareness for our community. So I think they chose a good month to do it, because the awareness is there, the spotlight is there.  And so it’s a chance for us to get the word out a little bit more and get people thinking and talking, and helping, and learning about what’s going on in our community.

According to the organization’s website, National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was started by the Strategic Leadership Council in 1999 and was founded to focus on preventive education, community mobilization, testing, and treatment of the disease. Based on finding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African Americans make up nearly half of all new HIV infections each year, despite representing only 12 percent of the U.S. population. Work from public figures and activists like Jay Ellis is exactly what we need to raise awareness and combat the growing issue.

For more information on National Black HIV Awareness and how to get involved, click here.

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