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The BASUAH initiative is an HIV/AIDS education and testing campaign created by the Illinois Department of Public Health in 2005, to address the alarming trend of HIV infection among the State’s African-American community.  The local BASUAH initiative began in August of 2006. The initiative has since coordinated many programs with partner organizations to increase HIV/AIDS awareness in our community by supporting current HIV/AIDS education, screening, and innovated outreach  programs.
 
United States HIV/AIDS Statistics
In 2006, HIV was the ninth leading cause of death for all Blacks and the third leading cause of death for both Black men and Black women aged 35–44. By the end of 2007, an estimated 233,624, Blacks with a diagnosis of AIDS had died in the United States. In 2008, an estimated 18,328, Blacks received an AIDS diagnosis, a number that has remained relatively stable since 2005. Unfortunately, many of those who are infected with HIV are unaware of their status and may unknowingly transmit the virus to others. It’s time to mobilize and talk about this devastating disease so we can make a difference… and there’s no better time than February 7, 2011.
 
For more information regarding the event, contact the Winnebago County Health Department’s Black Male Health Coordinator, Mark Hunter at (815) 720-4268.
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