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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


March 20, 2014 marks the seventh annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on Native people. HIV/AIDS continues to grow in the US, affecting communities of color at a disproportionate rate. According to the 2008 Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Surveillance Report, Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders (22.8 per 100,000) and American Indians/Alaskan Natives (11.9 per 100,000) have the 3rd and 4th highest rates of new HIV infections. Furthermore the diagnosis for HIV infection and AIDS rates increased from 2005 through 2008 among American Indians/Alaska Natives.

The purpose of this day is to: 1) encourage Native people to get educated and to learn more about HIV/AIDS and its impact in their community; 2) work together to encourage testing options and HIV counseling in Native communities; and 3) help decrease the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS. It is a time to reflect on those who have passed as well as those who are currently infected and affected by HIV/AIDS - a "Celebration of Life" for all Native people.

Because NNHAAD is a nationwide effort, a "Call to Action" to Native people across the United States has been made in hopes that everyone will participate in events during this day. This call is to ensure Native communities realize that the epidemic is growing and to engage them in the prevention of and education about HIV and AIDS.

Please join us on this important day by organizing events in your local community. You can do this by handing out NNHAAD Save the Date cards at community events and organizations in the days leading up to Awareness Day; putting up Awareness Day posters in clinics, schools, wellness centers or other community locations; and most importantly by organizing a local activity to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS in your community on NNHAAD. This guide will assist you in planning and implementing your event. We have even included templates that can be used to develop your own press release so that you can inform your local newspaper, radio-station or other local media outlets of NNHAAD and about the intent of your local event.

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Public Service Announcement

The following public services announcement were created by the NNHAAD Committeee to help spread the word about HIV and AIDS in Native populations as well as to promote HIV testing. Public Service Announcement audios are free for distribution. To obtain a copy, please contact Andrea Israel at (970) 491-7872 or email her at

For additional Public Service Announcements specific to Natives, please view CA7AE's media page.