National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Date in the current year: June 8, 2017

National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD) is observed every year on June 8. It was created to provide Caribbean Americans the resources they need to reduce the risk of HIV in their communities.

Every year, AIDS.gov, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other HIV/AIDS organizations hold a series of awareness days designed to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in various communities, including African Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, Pacific Islands Americans, Latin Americans, and Caribbean Americans. National Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed on the 8th day of National Caribbean Heritage Month (June 8).

According to the United States Agency for International Development, the Caribbean region has the highest prevalence of HIV in the world, outside of sub-Saharan Africa. Because of high immigration rates and the large degree of mobility among Caribbean Americans within the United States, this burden extends to Caribbean Americans living across the US. NCAHAAD was established to promote HIV testing and treatment in the Caribbean-American communities throughout the United States and to combat HIV stigma within the Caribbean diaspora.

On June 8, various HIV/AIDS organizations hold special events that aim to encourage Caribbean Americans to get tested and seek professional health in case they test positive. NCAHAAD is a part of a national effort to get Caribbean Americans to get involved with their health decisions through education and encouragement.

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