March 20th is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), a time to raise awareness about the presence of HIV and AIDS in our Native and Indigenous communities, which include American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians (collectively referred to as Native people).
With more than 570 federally recognized AI/AN tribes who collectively speak more than 170 languages, and who vary in culture, beliefs, and practices, it is vital that prevention programs are aware of this diversity. Other factors—such as socioeconomic issues, stigma associated with HIV and gay or bisexual relationships, and high rates of STDs, like chlamydia and gonorrhea—can hinder HIV prevention and treatment.
Talk, get tested, and empower yourself through your sexual health to reduce the rate of HIV transmission and help bring us closer to ZERO. Visit our friends at the Act Against AIDS campaign to learn how you can get involved in ending this epidemic. To find a testing site near you text your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948), or call 1-800-CDC-INFO.