March 20 marks the eighth annual observance of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). The day’s slogan is “Honor Our Ancestors, Protect Our People,
Take the Test!” Several agencies created the day to raise awareness about how HIV/AIDS affects American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian people and to promote testing.
The awareness day's goals are to
- Encourage Native people to get educated and learn more about HIV/AIDS and its impact in their community.
- Work together to encourage testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities.
- Help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS in American Indians/Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians
- HIV infection affects AI/AN in ways that are not always apparent because of their small population size.
- Overall, approximately one in five (18%) U.S. adults and adolescents living with HIV infection at the end of 2009 were unaware of their HIV infection. 25 percent of adult and adolescent AI/AN were estimated to have undiagnosed HIV infection at the end of 2009.
- In 2010, HIV infection was the ninth leading cause of death among AI/AN men and women aged 25 to 34.
Plan or participate in an awareness event.
- Distribute posters, fact sheets, and other materials in clinics and community centers and at events.
Spread the message through the media and online.
- Plan an activity to recognize National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (PDF).
- List your
- Find an event.
- Register to attend
the free one-day, CE-accredited webinar series on March 28 in honor of NNHAAD. Topics include:
- HIV & AIDS in AI/AN Populations in the US: An Overview of the Epidemiology and Discussion of Challenges Along the Continuum of Care.
- Methamphetamine & HIV in the Native American Population.
- Smoking & HIV Infection.
- HIV & Meth.
- Pregnancy & HIV.
- Indian Health Services National Core Formulary: Antiretrovirals.
The Texas/Oklahoma AIDS Education & Training Center (TX/OK AETC) is sponsoring the event in collaboration with the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC)
and the Urban Inter-Tribal Center of Texas.
- View the NNHAAD 2013 self-study modules
on mental health and HIV, diabetes and HIV, linkage to care, and traditional healing and HIV.
Learn more about the work of the organizations that collaborate on NNHAAD.
- Post a banner on your Web site.
- Share the PSA on your Web site.
- Like NNHAAD on Facebook.
- Find an HIV testing site near you at hivtest.cdc.gov or text your ZIP code to KnowIt or 566948.