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.

Fact Sheet
How Organizations Can Participate
Posters to download
HIV/AIDS Facts For Minnesota
For More Information & Resources

Events in Minnesota
Planning something for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day? (PDF)
Return this completed form as soon as you can by fax at (651) 201-4000, or via e-mail to Roy Nelson.

Fact Sheet

NAPIHAD Fact Sheet formatted for print (PDF)

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. More detailed information on Planning Local Public Health Events or Planning Community-Based Organization Events is also available.

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.

Posters to Download

Download this poster (PDF)
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Download this poster (PDF)

Download 2011 posters (PDF)


HIV/AIDS Facts For Minnesota

As of 12/31/13, a total of 10,409 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began. Of the 10,409 cases, 3,558 have died. Among API cases:

  • 125 (1%) API cases have been reported
  • 18 APIs have died

There is an estimated 7,723 that are currently living with HIV in Minnesota. Of this total:

  • 140 APIs were currently living with HIV (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
  • Of the 140 API cases, 98 were males and 42 were females
  • Of the 98 male API cases, 83% were among men who have sex with men (MSM), 8% heterosexuals, 3% injecting drug users (IDU) and 5% MSM/IDU
  • Of the 42 female API cases, 83% were among heterosexuals, 2% IDU, and 15% other (hemophilia, transplant, transfusion or mother with HIV or HIV risk)

301 new HIV cases were reported in 2013. Of these cases:

  • 1 (0.5%) cases were among APIs
  • The number of cases per 100,000 for APIs was too small to calculate a reliable rate.

Minnesota HIV surveillance reports are available.

Images of past NAPIHAD Events: (PDF)

View the slide presentation from the 2007 API HIV/AIDS awareness event sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Minority and Multicultural Health and the STD, HIV and TB Section:
(Power Point) or (PDF)

For More Information and Resources, contact:

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

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Updated Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 12:48PM