March 20 Is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


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.