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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.

Take Action

  1. Distribute posters, fact sheets, and other materials in clinics and community centers and at events.

  2. Plan or participate in an awareness event.
    • Plan an activity to recognize National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (PDF).
    • List your event (PDF).
    • 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.

  3. Spread the message through the media and online.
    • Post a banner on your Web site.
    • Share the PSA on your Web site.
    • Like NNHAAD on Facebook.

  4. Learn more about the work of the organizations that collaborate on NNHAAD.

  5. Get Tested
    • Find an HIV testing site near you at hivtest.cdc.gov or text your ZIP code to KnowIt or 566948.

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