National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2009  
 

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.

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
www.baaits.org
(415) 865-5616

Native American AIDS Project
www.naap-ca.org
(415) 431-6227

Native American Health Center
www.nativehealth.org
(415) 621-8051

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)

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

 

NNHAAD Partners

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

To find HIV Test Centers near you Text: Your Zip Code To: KnowIt (566948) www.hivtest.orgAsian & 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

 

 
     
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