March 20, 2011
March 20, 2011, is the fifth annual observance of National Native (American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian) HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). The purpose of this day is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
According to the 2009 HIV Surveillance Report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the 40 states with confidential name-based HIV reporting, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders had the third highest rate and American Indians and Alaska Natives had the fourth highest rate of new HIV diagnoses compared to other racial and ethnic groups in 2009.
Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) develops a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. The section of the FY 2011 Plan devoted to “Reducing HIV-Related Disparities” includes a section on research related to racial and ethnic populations.
The theme of 2011 NNHAAD is “A Celebration of Life.”
The links on this page provide information about NNHAAD and resources on HIV prevention, treatment, and research, including information specifically related to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.