BASUAH - Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS  

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BASUAH is an acronym for Brothers And Sisters United Against HIV. A program of the Illinois Department of Public Health, BASUAH promotes HIV/AIDS awareness among communities of color through education, collaboration and community engagement.

National African American Hepatitis C Action Day is a community mobilization initiative aimed at reducing the high incidence of hepatitis C virus infection in black communities by drawing attention to this neglected health disparity and promoting education, testing and treatment in communities of color.

Chronic viral hepatitis is considered to be a “silent” disease because it progresses slowly and rarely causes symptoms until decades after infection. By the time a person shows symptoms, damage to the liver has already occurred. Viral hepatitis is the leading cause of liver cancer and the most common reason for liver transplants. Between 2008 and 2012, there were 9,316 reported cases of chronic hepatitis B and 38,875 cases of chronic hepatitis C reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

  • African Americans are twice as likely to have ever been infected with the hepatitis C virus.
  • African American mortality related to the hepatitis C virus is almost double the rates for non-Hispanic white Americans.
  • More than 75 percent of adults with hepatitis C are baby boomers. Baby boomers are five times more likely to be infected with hepatitis C and most of them know they are infected.

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FY2015 Funding Opportunity for
BASUAH Communities of Color Initiative

Applications are now being accepted for programs that are interested in participating in the Brothers and Sisters United Against HIV/AIDS (BASUAH) Communities of Color Initiative. “Communities of color” is used to describe those racial and ethnic minorities that have been given priority attention by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health because of their well-documented health needs and disparate health status when compared to the total population. For the purpose of this document, the term, “Communities of Color,” refers to African Americans, Latino/Hispanic Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Pacific Islanders, Asian Americans, and immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean. The focus of the fiscal year 2015 campaign will be HIV prevention, education, testing and care programs targeting communities of color. Programs should be unique and culturally innovative, sustainable, and increase the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Minority Health Services’ ability to address the complexities that make these populations more vulnerable.

Visit for grant application materials and electronic grant submission

Application due date is Friday, August 1, 2014 at 4 p.m.

A technical assistance conference call will be held on Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 3 p.m. for interested parties.

To access the call, dial 888-494-4032; access code 4652155156.


HIV Prevention Interventions and Services Recommendations Webinar

The Illinois HIV Prevention Group invites you to participate in a free webinar outlining the current recommendations for HIV prevention strategies and interventions, and guidelines for selection and implementation. The webinar date is July 25, 2014, 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. Register today.

Check out the calendar for other training schedules.


National HIV Testing Day

National HIV Testing Day 2014

National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is an annual campaign to encourage people of all ages to "Take the Test, Take Control." Too many people don't know they have HIV. In the United States, nearly 1.1 million people are living with HIV, and almost one in five don't know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out your status. If you are infected with the virus, with medical care and adherence to treatments you can live a longer healthier life and help stop the spread of HIV to others.

Illinois ranks 7th nationwide in the diagnosis of HIV infections, and 5th in the estimated number of AIDS cases. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. so you can get the medical care necessary to help you live a healthier life and lower the chances of passing HIV on to others.

Learn the facts about HIV/AIDS | Illinois HIV/STD Surveillance Update Report


HHS Announces Comprehensive Plan to Reduce Health Disparities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services unveiled its road map for eliminating health and health care disparities on Friday, April 8, 2011 .  As promised during the follow up discussion with Dr. Damon Arnold, IDPH Director, you have an opportunity to comment via the online discussion board at   All comments will be reviewed, compiled, and distributed appropriately.  Additionally, you can view the Center for Minority Health Services activities related to the National Partnership for Action to End Health Disparities.

The following workgroups will be convened to identify and coordinate future action steps.  If you are interested in participating as a member of any of them, please contact the Center by email, or phone at 217-785-4311.

  • Awareness – Increase the awareness of the significance of health disparities, their impact on the nation and the actions necessary to improve health outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations

  • Leadership – Strengthen and broaden leadership for addressing health disparities at all levels

  • Health System and Life Experience – Improve health and healthcare outcomes for racial, ethnic, and underserved populations

  • Cultural and Linguistic Competency – Improve cultural and linguistic competency and the diversity of the health-related workforce

  • Data, Research, and Evaluation – Improve data availability, and coordinator, utilization, and diffusion of research and evaluation outcomes



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  • Nationally, AIDS is the leading cause of death among African American women age 25-34 and the second leading cause of death of African American men age 35-44.
  • HIV/AIDS cases among African Americans are the highest among all racial/ethnic groups with a total of 1,406 cases reported in 2004 in Illinois, which consists of more than half the total reported cases in the state (2,662).  Whites comprised 26 percent of the reported cases, Hispanics 15 percent and Asians 1.4 percent.
  • Of the total reported HIV cases among females in Illinois, 70 percent were African-American.
  • Among the total male population with HIV in Illinois, 47 percent were African American.
  • Nearly 72 percent of African-American women and 64 percent of African-American men with HIV infection reported in 2004 were under 40 years of age.

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