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National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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May 19
National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Asian/Pacific Islander and HIV/AIDS
(HHS National HIV Testing Mobilization Campaign, August 2007)

HIV is the virus that causes AIDS, and it is affecting thousands of Asian/Pacific Islanders (APIs) in the United States. Like other communities of color, the number of APIs living with HIV/AIDS continues to rise, with a yearly increase of more than 10 percent during the past 5 years.Sixty-seven percent of API men living with HIV/AIDS in 2005 are men who have had sex with other men.

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CDC Fact Sheet on HIV/AIDS among Asians and Pacific Islanders, June 2007

In recent years, the number of AIDS diagnoses among Asians and Pacific Islanders has increased steadily. Although Asians and Pacific Islanders account for approximately 1% of the total number of HIV/AIDS cases in the 33 states with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting, the Asian and Pacific Islander population in the United States is growing.

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