National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) - Minnesota Dept. of Health

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
Fact Sheet

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Fact Sheet (PDF)

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How to Participate
Minnesota AIDS Facts


National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD), held annually on March 20, raises the awareness about the impact HIV/AIDS has had on American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians. The observance also promotes HIV testing and encourages all of us to honor and support those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

How to Participate

Organizations may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS within their communities:

  • Host an HIV/AIDS event or forum
  • Articles/editorials/news releases in Tribal newspapers and newsletters
  • Rapid HIV testing opportunities at community locations and events
  • Agency/clinic-based HIV testing for walk-ins arranged and scheduled
  • Public exhibits to distribute HIV prevention education materials
  • Social media, blogs and mobile text messaging used to promote NNHAAD
  • Tribal health Web pages created and posted for the observance 
  • Youth peer education performances at schools and public events
  • Sunrise ceremonies, prayer vigils or sweat lodge for those affected or infected
  • Distribute NNHAAD resources from the National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website

Minnesota AIDS Facts

As of Dec. 31, 2014, a total of 10,718 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began:

  • 228 (2 percent) were American Indian
  • 106 American Indians have died

There is an estimated 7,988 persons living with HIV in Minnesota. Of this total:

  • 121 (2 percent) were American Indians (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
  • Among American Indians living with HIV, 68 were males and 53 were females
  • Among American Indian male cases, 61 percent were men who have sex with men (MSM), 18 percent MSM/injecting drug users (IDU), 13 percent IDU, 6 percent heterosexual and 2 percent other
  • Among American Indian females, 80 percent were among heterosexuals and 20 percent IDU

307 new HIV cases were reported in 2014:

  • 5 (2 percent) cases were among American Indians
  • Rate of 9.0 per 100,000 for American Indians – nearly 3 times the rate compared to whites

Minnesota surveillance reports are available.

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