National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD)

March 20, 2014 marks the eighth annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to increase awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and to encourage HIV testing and honor and reduce stigma among those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS under the theme of, “Honor our ancestors! Protect our people! Take the test!”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in 2010, 3,194 American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have been diagnosed with HIV and 1,696 with AIDS. An estimated 4,890 AI/ANs are living with HIV/AIDS. Fifty-nine percent (59%) of AI/AN have never been tested for HIV.

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Updated Tuesday, 18-Mar-2014 11:33:27 CDT