National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Date in the current year: March 20, 2017

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual observance in the United States held on March 20. It was instituted over a decade ago by AIDS.gov, a web portal for all federal domestic HIV and AIDS resources and information.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) was created to give Native people across the US an opportunity to learn about HIV/AIDS, help overcome the stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, and encourage HVI testing and counseling in Native communities. The risk of HIV in these communities is increased by barriers to mental health care, high rates of alcohol and drug abuse, the stigma associated with same-sex relationships, and poverty.

NNHAAD is observed annually on the spring equinox. The date is symbolic because the vernal equinox is the first day of spring and in most Native communities it is considered a time of new beginnings. Recognizing the impact of HIV/AIDS on all groups of Native people (American Indians, Alaska Indians and Native Hawaiians) and getting involved in HIV prevention and treatment is a truly noble beginning.

There are different ways to participate in the observance of NNHAAD. You can visit AIDS.gov or other educational websites to learn more about HIV/AIDS, get tested for HIV and encourage members of your community to do the same, spread information about HIV prevention, or participate in or sponsor an awareness event.

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