February Observances to Amplify

This February, we celebrate Black History Month, and honor the rich tapestry of Black history and culture. This year, the spotlight is on the arts—be it visual or performing arts, literature, fashion, folklore, film, music, architecture, culinary creations, or other cultural expressions. The profound influence of African-American artists resonates across history, preserving stories, fostering community, and empowering generations.

At , we recognize the importance of addressing health disparities as a crucial step toward building health equity and remain steadfast to our vision: Silicon Valley is a healthy community, with no racial health disparities. Join us in commemorating this significant month as we acknowledge our shared history, and continue our efforts of building health equity in Silicon Valley. 

Below, you can find additional information and helpful resource links. 

The following additional observances are terrific ways to learn, share, and grow awareness:

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) February 7, 2024

Unveiling the Power of Unity: NBHAAD 2024 Theme – “Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities”

This year, the spotlight shines on the powerful theme, “Engage, Educate, Empower: Uniting to End HIV/AIDS in Black Communities” for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD). This observance is a pivotal moment to recognize the disproportionate impact of HIV on Black individuals.

While significant strides have been made in reducing HIV within Black communities, persistent challenges such as racism, discrimination, and mistrust in the healthcare system continue to influence the access and utilization of HIV prevention services. These barriers also contribute to a decreased likelihood of engaging in HIV treatment and care.

NBHAAD serves as a crucial opportunity to amplify efforts in HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment specifically tailored to address the unique challenges faced by Black communities. By fostering unity and understanding, we can break down these barriers and work together to end HIV/AIDS disparities in Black communities.

Love Positive Women – February 1 – February 14, 2024 Valentine’s Day

Love Positive Women 2024 is not just an event; it’s a global movement that transforms Valentine’s Day into a powerful platform for expressing love and care for women living with HIV.

Conceived by Visual AIDS artist member Jessica Whitbread in 2013, this ongoing project has become a beacon of solidarity.

As part of this initiative, participants craft heartfelt messages of support, turning them into Valentine’s cards that traverse the globe to reach HIV-positive women in time for Valentine’s Day. The significance goes beyond a simple gesture; it addresses the profound challenges faced by women living with HIV, such as isolation, stigma, and unique struggles in relationships, motherhood, and healthcare.

Since its inception in 2015, Love Positive Women has sent thousands of these cards worldwide, a testament to its commitment to eradicating stigma, fostering community, and empowering women living with HIV. It’s a celebration of love that serves as a powerful reminder that together, we can make a difference.

In addition to ’s HIV/AIDS Services, support and resources can be found in the following national and regional organizations: