HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

June 8, 2010

June 8 is the fifth annual observance of National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day is dedicated to educating Caribbean Americans about HIV/AIDS, making resources for testing and treatment available to them, and providing them with opportunities for involvement.

According to the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the Caribbean has been more affected by HIV than any region outside sub-Saharan Africa. The region has the second highest level of adult HIV prevalence (1.0%).

Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) develops a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. Chapter 5 of the 2010 Plan includes the following areas of HIV-related research focused on racial and ethnic populations:
  • Develop and conduct research on population-specific factors that influence risk of HIV
  • Develop population-specific interventions focusing on individual, community, and sociocultural factors as well as biological susceptibility
  • Develop and test methods and measures to assess HIV risk in populations at highest risk of HIV infection
  • Support research that examines factors affecting HIV risk behavior, acquisition, transmission, and resistance among people at the highest risk of HIV infection within racial and ethnic minority communities
The links on this page provide information about National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and resources on HIV prevention, treatment, and research, including information specifically related to Caribbean Americans.

HIV/AIDS-Related Research About Caribbean Americans

FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research
: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2010, from OAR, NIH. Chapter 5 of the plan focuses on research related to specific populations, including racial and ethnic populations.

The Trans-Caribbean HIV/AIDS Research Initiative: Information about this collaborative initiative founded by Caribbean-based HIV/AIDS researchers in partnership with OAR, NIH.

HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials: Studies seeking volunteers, from To help narrow your search for clinical trials, Live Help, a service of AIDSinfo, is available to provide one-on-one assistance via the Internet. Assistance from AIDSinfo is also available by calling 800-448-0440.

Published HIV Research Related to Caribbeans and Caribbean-Americans: Research published concerning HIV and Caribbeans and Caribbean-Americans, from

HIV/AIDS Statistics for Caribbean Americans

United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
: Overview of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Caribbean.

Health Profile for Latin America and the Caribbean: Fact sheet describing trends, impacts, and support for combating HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean, from the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID).

Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Resources

Models of Peer Support for Caribbeans Living in the United States
: Information on peer support demonstration projects that support Caribbean Americans with HIV/AIDS, sponsored by the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Florida/Caribbean AIDS Education and Training Center: Program providing information, training, and consultation on HIV/AIDS to health care providers in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, supported by HRSA.

Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean Region: Information on the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

USAID Latin American and Caribbean HIV/AIDS Initiative: Programs and resources dedicated to fighting HIV/AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Global AIDS Programs in the Caribbean: Information on the CDC’s Caribbean Regional Office and on programs to combat HIV/AIDS in Haiti and Jamaica.

AIDSinfo Resources

 and its Spanish-language companion Web site, infoSIDA, provide HIV/AIDS treatment and research information in both English and Spanish:

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