National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NAPIHAD)
National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held annually on May 19, began in 2005 as an effort to educate Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities about the threat HIV/AIDS poses to their communities. Nationally, one in three APIs living with HIV don’t know it. Over two-thirds of Asians and over half of Pacific Islanders have never been tested for HIV. The theme for this years' observance will be, “Taking Root: Our Stories, Our Community.”
The following materials will assist with the planning and hosting of community events on behalf of National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, held annually on May 19, began in 2005 as an effort to educate Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities about the threat HIV/AIDS poses to them and its devastating effects on their communities. It also serves as an opportunity to end HIV stigma through learning, sharing stories and ending the silence.
Through 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), APIs are one of the fastest-growing ethnic/racial populations in the U.S. According to the CDC, the number of APIs living with AIDS has climbed by about 10 percent in each of the last 5 years. There were an estimated 9,054 AIDS cases reported among APIs since the epidemic began. Through 2010, an estimated 5,384 APIs are currently living with AIDS in the U.S. An estimated 3,212 APIs have died of AIDS.
How Organizations Can Participate
Organizations may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS within their communities and neighborhoods.
Some of the activities that community organizations may choose to provide or host are:
- Articles/editorials/news releases in newspapers and newsletters;
- Community forums on AIDS;
- HIV testing opportunities at community locations and events;
- Public exhibits to distribute HIV prevention education materials;
- Community marches and rallies;
- Social media posts, mobile phone texts, and web page development about the prevention, testing and treatment of HIV;
- Agency or clinic-based HIV counseling, testing and referrals; and,
- Youth peer education performances at schools and public events.
Tips for planning activities:
More Information and Resources
The Banyan Tree Project
c/o A&PI Wellness Center
730 Polk Street, 4th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 292-3400; (415) 292-3410 TTY
(415) 292-3404 FAX