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2020 National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)


The 16th annual National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be held on Tuesday, May 19.  To help commemorate the day, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among Asians and Pacific Islanders.

Fact Sheets and Web Pages

HIV/AIDS and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders and HIV/AIDS and Asian Americans (HHS Office of Minority Health) – Web pages with detailed statistical information about HIV testing, HIV and AIDS cases, and death rates among Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.

HIV and Asians (CDC) – Fact sheet with recent HIV/AIDS statistics, plus information on transmission categories and risk factors among Asians living in the U.S. and dependent areas, as well as steps CDC is taking to address HIV/AIDS in this population group.

HIV and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (CDC) – Fact sheet covering the same range of topics in the resource directly above, except that the population group is Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( – Web page with links to information and resources about HIV/AIDS in this community.


HIV Surveillance Reports and Data Analyses

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (preliminary) (CDC) – This 129-page report includes detailed information about new HIV and AIDS diagnoses, prevalence, and deaths among Asians, Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders, and other racial and ethnic groups.  Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, transmission category, and geographic region. Tables 3a, 3b, 4a, 4b, 14a, 14b, 20a, 20b, 21a, 21b, 24a, 24b, 25a, 25b, 28, and 29 focus specifically on HIV and AIDS diagnoses, prevalence, and death rates by race/ethnicity, but other tables also have some information about HIV and AIDS among Asians and Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders. 

Epidemiology of HIV Infection 2018 (preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set includes numerous tables, charts, graphs, and maps with recent and historical information on HIV and AIDS diagnoses, including breakdowns by race/ethnicity, mode of exposure, gender, age, and state or territory. Some of the slides include data for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islanders.

HIV Surveillance by Race/Ethnicity 2018 (preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set focuses specifically on racial and ethnic patterns and disparities in different racial/ethnic groups, including Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders.

HIV Surveillance in Urban and Nonurban Areas 2018 (Preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set presents regional variations in diagnoses of HIV and AIDS among adults and adolescents in the U.S. Please note that several slides in this set focus on HIV diagnoses in different racial/ethnic groups – including Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islanders – in large metropolitan areas, smaller metropolitan areas, and nonmetropolitan areas.


Older Overview Materials

Case Studies to Improve Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Data Collection, Reporting, and Dissemination (Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum) – This 60-page report from 2013 includes in-depth case studies of three jurisdictions – New York, Hawaii, and San Francisco – which each have significant Asian American & Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations and significant HIV/AIDS rates in those groups.

Ten Reasons to Address HIV/AIDS in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities (Obama White House archives, 2014) – The reasons cited include low HIV testing rates and late testing, high HIV stigma, and lack of awareness of HIV status among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

BESAFE:  A Cultural Competency Model for Asians and Pacific Islanders (National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center and Howard University) – This workbook outlines a framework to help healthcare providers become culturally competent in the care of Asian and Pacific Islander persons with HIV.