Today marks the 11th anniversary of the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This is a day to get tested, know your status and educate the Black community about a disease that is ravaging our communities nationwide.The theme for 2011 is "It Takes a Village to Fight HIV/AIDS!"

According to the NBHAAD website the national day was founded by five organizations: Concerned Black Men, Inc. of Philadelphia; Health Watch Information and Promotion Services, Inc.; Jackson State University - Mississippi Urban Research Center; National Black Alcoholism and Addictions Council; and National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS. The organizers of this day continue to focus their efforts on four main points: education, testing, involvement, and treatment. We must educate those around us about the disease. We have to know our status, the status of our partners and encourage our family and friends to know their status as well. We must be involved in the fight for those living with HIV/AIDS. We must not let our state and local government cut funding to those affected by this disease. If we know people living with HIV/AIDS we must encourage them to seek out treatment to live their best lives now.

            Rae Lewis Thorton, has been a tireless advocate for HIV/AIDS. She has battled HIV/AIDS for half of her life. At age 48, Thornton isn’t stopping the fight. She uses her blog, Facebook, Twitter and various appearances on National TV and speaking engagements through the United States to share her story. You can read more about her here.

            In honor of this day, I’m posting the story I did on a young man living with HIV/AIDS in New York City. Please share Sterling’s Story with others. Through his testimony, may you be enlightened and spurred into action.