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Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021,  marks National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which is more urgent this year because there is another pandemic to face. The racial inequities that drive HIV disparities among Black people are the same that are hurting Black communities the most during the coronavirus pandemic. Now that the COCID-19 vaccine is here, mistrust of the medical profession is one of the barriers for many Black people thinking about getting vaccinated. To hear Raniyah Copeland, president and CEO of the Black AIDS Institute, discuss current situations and medical mistrust in Black communities and what her organization is doing about it, click play above.

 

Black AIDS Institute’s Raniyah Copeland discusses race, HIV and COVID-19