National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Source HIVinfo.NIH.gov

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) highlights efforts to address HIV and raise awareness of its impact in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. First observed in 2007, NNHAAD encourages HIV education, testing, prevention, and treatment among AI/AN communities. The National Native HIV Network organizes this observance and coordinates related activities. This year’s theme, “It’s all relative, our experience makes a difference,” highlights the importance of inclusivity in efforts to address the HIV epidemic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

  • There were 3,270 AI/AN individuals with HIV in the United States in 2021.
  • There were an estimated 223 new HIV diagnoses among AI/AN individuals in 2021, an increase of 16 percent from 193 newly diagnosed cases in 2017. 
  • For every 100 AI/AN people with HIV, an estimated 80 people are aware of their HIV status—the lowest rate of any racial or ethnic group. 

Learn more and access additional resources on the HIVinfo National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day webpage.