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National Native HIV AIDS Awareness Day - www.nnhaad.org

HONORING THE 9TH ANNUAL NATIONAL NATIVE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

Press Release : National Native American AIDS Prevention Center

On March 20, 2016, the 9 th annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Native people across the U.S. challenge individuals, health providers, and government agencies to increase both education efforts and HIV testing in American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities in accordance with US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations.

This first day of spring is ceremonial and a time for renewal. National Native HIV AIDS Awareness Day is a day to honor those who have walked on as a result of HIV/AIDS and it's a much needed time to renew our personal commitment to being an AIDS free generation. We encourage all communities to honor this day with an event to support HIV testing and awareness. Fight the stigma, know your own status, and live, and promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information please visit www.nnhaad.org. One way to honor the struggles our ancestors made for our survival and to protect the future of our people is to take the test.

According to the CDC, 2014 HIV Surveillance Report, 222 American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) and 58 Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) were diagnosed with HIV. Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders and American Indians/Alaska Natives had the 3rd and 4th highest rates of new HIV infections per 100,000, respectively, when compared to other races/ethnicities. Of persons who were diagnosed with HIV, fewer American Indian/Alaskan Natives survived, with only 88% living longer than 3 years (based upon statistics from 2005-2010)

To view the full CDC 2014 HIV Surveillance Report, follow this link: http://www.cdc.gov/hiv/pdf/library/reports/surveillance/cdc-hiv-surveillance-report-us.pdf

About National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), observed annually on the spring equinox, is a national community mobilization effort designed to encourage American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, and get involved in HIV prevention and treatment. The coordination of NNHAAD is a combined effort between the following collaborating agencies: Begay Consulting, CA7AE: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project, Center for Prevention and Wellness, Council Oaks Training and Evaluation, Inc., ETR's Community Impact Solutions Project, Florida Department of Health - HIV Section, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen's Health Board, National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (NNAAPC), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). to find out more please visit www.nnhaad.org and www.facebook.com/NNHAAD1. To request NNHAAD materials (Posters, Save-The-Date cards, Fact Sheets), please visit www.nnhaad.org.

National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
1031 33rd Street
SUITE 270
Denver, CO 80205


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