(WTVR) – February 7 is National Black AIDS Day. A day to spread awareness of HIV/AIDS in the African-American community.
Health leaders and activists have turned to social media to speak out on the issue and urge people to know their status.
Rae Lewis-Thorton, minister and AIDS activist spoke on her experiences with being diagnosed with HIV in a YouTube video. She urged people going through the same situation to not let it control their lives.
Rapper and music producer Swizz Beats was also featured in a YouTube video by the Center for Disease control urging young people to get tested for HIV/AIDS.
A Twitter town hall was held at noon using the hashtag #NBHAADchat. It was a call to action for people to get tested for HIV/AIDS. People from all over the country logged in to express their opinions on the issue.