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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 20, 2015


March 20 is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This annual observance calls to attention the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 20% of HIV-infected people in the United States do not know that they are infected; however, among American Indians and Alaska Natives the figure is closer to 25%. Compared to members of other ethnic or racial groups, the Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaska Native communities have the highest proportion of people diagnosed with AIDS within 12 months of receiving an HIV diagnosis, suggesting that they may be diagnosed late in the course of their HIV infection. This highlights the need to educate these communities about HIV prevention, testing, and treatment. 

Browse the links on this page to learn more about National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and how the HIV/AIDS epidemic is affecting native communities.
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The U.S. Government Observes National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Webpages:
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HIV/AIDS-Related Research and American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians

HIV/AIDS Research/Studies: A collection of articles on HIV/AIDS-related research and American Indians and Alaska Natives, from the Indian Health Service.

HIV/AIDS-Related Clinical Trials: Use the AIDSinfo clinical trials search tool to find studies in areas of HIV/AIDS research. For help with your search, call AIDSinfo at 1-800-448-0440.

Published Research on HIV/AIDS and American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians:
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