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2019 National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 20)

The National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) will be observed this year on Tuesday, March 20.  NNHAAD “is a national community mobilization effort designed to encourage American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians across the United States and territorial areas to get educated, get tested, and get involved in HIV prevention, care, and treatment. This year’s theme is Unity is CommUnity – Stand Strong to Prevent HIV!” To support activities commemorating NNHAAD, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among American Indians and Alaska Natives. 

General Resources

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Website. This is the official website for NNHAAD.  The site provides background information about the day, together with links to fact sheets, other educational materials, event listings, and products to promote HIV/AIDS awareness. 

HIV/AIDS and American Indians/Alaska Natives. This web page from the Office of Minority Health has detailed statistical information about HIV testing, HIV and AIDS cases, and death rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives.

HIV/AIDS Among American Indians and Alaska Natives. This CDC fact sheet, updated in 2018, includes information about HIV trends among American Indians and Alaska Natives in the U.S., prevention challenges, and steps CDC is taking to reduce new infections and improve HIV treatment and care in this group.

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2016.  This 125-page CDC report includes detailed information about HIV and AIDS cases and deaths in the U.S., with breakdowns for different racial and ethnic groups, including American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Native Gay Men and Two Spirit People: HIV/AIDS and Viral Hepatitis Programs and Services.  Issue brief from the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors.

Celebrate American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage! This is a CDC resource page with information about health indicators and health disparities among American Indians/Alaska Natives.

Native American Health.  This web page from MedlinePlus has links to many health resources.


Selected Recent Abstracts on American Indians and Alaska Natives and HIV

Acceptability of an Adapted HIV Prevention Intervention for Native American Adolescents (AIDS Education and Prevention) 

American Indian and Alaska Native Men’s Use of Sexual Health Services, 2006-2010 (Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health) 

Risk of End-Stage Liver Disease, Hepatocellular Carcinoma, and Liver-Related Death by Fibrosis Stage in the Hepatitis C Alaska Cohort (Hepatology) 

Effects of the “Circle of Life” HIV-Prevention Program on Marijuana Use Among American Indian Middle School Youths: A Group Randomized Trial in a Northern Plains Tribe (American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse) 

HIV Care and Treatment of American Indians/Alaska Natives with Diagnosed HIV Infection – 27 States and the District of Columbia, 2012 (International Journal of STD and AIDS) 

NATIVE – It’s Your Game: Adapting a Technology-Based Sexual Health Curriculum for American Indian and Alaska Native Youth (Journal of Primary Prevention) 

The Need to Expand Access to Hepatitis C Virus Drugs in the Indian Health Service (JAMA) 

Hepatocellular Carcinoma Risk in Alaska Native Children and Young Adults with Hepatitis B Virus: Retrospective Cohort Analysis (Journal of Pediatrics) 

Progress Toward Eliminating Hepatitis A Disease in the United States (MMWR Supplement)