March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Natives (American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved in prevention and get treated for HIV and AIDS. It is important to raise awareness for these populations. Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) and American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the 3rd and 4th highest rate of new HIV infections, respectively. In 2008, the rate was 22.85 per 100,000 persons for NHOPIs and 11.9 per 100,000 for AI/ANs, compared to 73.7 for Black/African Americans, 25.0 for Hispanic/Latinos, 8.2 for Whites, and 7.2 for Asians.

NNHAAD was founded in 2007 by three collaborating agencies – the Commitment to Action for 7th-Generation Awareness & Educations, Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., and National Native American AIDS Prevention Center. The three agencies were funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] to provide capacity building assistance to Native organizations, tribes, state health departments and any other organization serving Native populations. Since the founding of NNHAAD the collaborative partnership has grown to include Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board as well as a twelve-member materials review committee to review materials developed for NNHAAD.

We encourage you to visit the websites for NNHAAD and the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC) to learn more about NNHAAD, including its history, partners, and events. You’ll also find many educational and social media materials including factsheets that you can print.

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