National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20, 2013
On March 20, the nation joins American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in observing National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This annual observance serves to highlight the impact of HIV/AIDS on native 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 this figure is closer to 25%. Furthermore, compared to members of other ethnic or racial groups, American Indians and Alaska Natives who receive a diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS die sooner after being diagnosed. This suggests that their HIV infections may be diagnosed late in the course of the disease.
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.