- Category: Race/Ethnicity
- Published on Thursday, 20 March 2014 00:00
- Written by HIVandHepatitis.com
Tuesday, March 20, marks the 8th annual observation of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), an occasion to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), while approximately 20% of all people with HIV in the U.S. do not know they are infected, the proportion is closer to 25% for Native Americans. Native Hawaiians have the highest proportion (46%) of people diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months of receiving an HIV diagnosis, and American Indians and Alaska Natives have the second highest proportion (38%), suggesting they are more likely to be diagnosed late in the course of HIV infection and underscoring the importance of expanded education and screening efforts.
- National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day website
- AIDS.gov: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- AIDSinfo: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
- CDC: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2014
- Indian Health Service HIV/AIDS Program
- Twitter: #NNHAAD