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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Statement of Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20, 2008)

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About This Day
The Facts
Take Action

About This Day

March 20 is National Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), Colorado State University's Center for Applied Studies in American Ethnicity (CASAE), and Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (ITCA) organize and implement the Day. Exist Disclaimer

The Facts

HIV is affecting thousands of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). AI/AN have the third highest rate of AIDS diagnosis in the United States, despite having the smallest population. AI/AN people with AIDS are likely to be younger than non-AI/AN people with AIDS. AI/ANs also have the shortest time between AIDS diagnosis and death.


Take Action

There are many ways American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians can take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS:

  • get tested for HIV
  • practice safe methods to prevent HIV
  • decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
  • talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
  • provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS
  • get involved with or host an event for National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in your community