National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20, 2009
Join us for the 3rd annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 20, 2009. Support American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities to address the impact and stigma of HIV/AIDS. Get educated! Get involved! Get tested!
Sunrise Ceremony and Procession
6:00 - 7:30 AM
Civic Center Park *
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
(on Polk between McAllister & Grove)
San Francisco, CA 94102
Greet the day with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian cultural practitioners in a Sunrise Ceremony featuring dance, music and prayer. Honor those we have lost in a short procession up Polk Street to A&PI Wellness Center for a breakfast reception.
8:00 - 10:00 AM
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
730 Polk Street, 4th Floor
(between Eddy and Ellis)
San Francisco, CA 94109
Join us for a community gathering acknowledging the impact HIV/AIDS has had on our communities. Complimentary breakfast will be provided. Free, confidential and anonymous HIV testing will be available.
* Accessible by BART and MUNI Subway, Civic Center Station, and MUNI bus lines 5, 6, 7, 9, 19, 21, 26, 47, 49, 71, 71L and F (via Market Street).
This event is a collaboration between Shake the Feathers (Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits, Native American AIDS Project, Native American Health Center) and A&PI Wellness Center.
Bay Area American Indian Two Spirits
Native American AIDS Project
Native American Health Center
For more event information, please contact A&PI Wellness Center at (415) 292-3400
More Information about NNHAAD (from NNAAPC’s Toolkit)
March 20, 2009 marks the third annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). This day is an opportunity to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. HIV continues to increase among Native people as it has over the past decade. American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) had the third highest rate per 100,000 persons (above Whites) of AIDS diagnoses in 2006, despite having the smallest population.
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.
HIV/AIDS Among Native Hawaiian Populations (from NNHAAD HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet)
- Data for Native Hawaiians (NH) are typically included in the category “Asian/Pacific Islander”. Because of this misclassification, data for Native Hawaiians is difficult to classify.
- Due to national reporting limitations, the data presented for NH is only for the state of Hawaii. Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander represent 21.0% of Hawaii’s population and account for 13% (382) of the total reported AIDS cases.
- During a 5 year average (2003 – 2007), the rate of AIDS cases for Native Hawaiians/Part Hawaiians was 10.0 per 100,000 compared to Hawaii’s total rate of 7.8 per 100,000.
NNAAPC: National Native American AIDS Prevention Center
CA7AE: Commitment to Action for 7th-Generation Awareness and Education: HIV/AIDS Prevention Project
ITCA: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona
Getting tested for HIV
Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center provides free, anonymous and confidential HIV testing. Call (415) 292-3400 to schedule an appointment.
You can also find local testing centers by visiting hivtest.org, or text your zip code to 566948.
Other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
Mark you calendar, and find out more about the different HIV/AIDS Awareness days!
Feb 7: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Mar 10: National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Mar 20: National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
May 18: HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Jun 8: Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Jun 27: National HIV Testing Day
Oct 15: National Latino HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Dec 1: World AIDS Day