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Asian Americans and HIV

Education Packet

Asian Americans and HIV – This packet is a compilation of several recent fact sheets and other resources. You may wish to customize it to meet the needs or interests of particular groups, such as event participants, providers, patients, clients, or the general public. So please feel free to distribute all or part of this packet as either a printout or PDF.  


Fact Sheets, Infographics, and Web Pages

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

HIV/AIDS and Asian Americans (HHS Office of Minority Health) – This web page has detailed statistical information about HIV testing, HIV and AIDS cases, and death rates among Asian Americans.

HIV Among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders – A Problem Too Often in the Shadows (amfAR) - In this 2019 interview, the CEO of the San Francisco Community Health Center discusses challenges and barriers in the testing, prevention, and treatment of HIV infection in Asian Americans and Pacific islanders.

Infographics on Asian Americans and HIV (CDC and AIDSVu):

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( – This web page has 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 (updated) (CDC) – This 119-page report includes detailed information about new HIV diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence among Asian Americans and other racial and ethnic groups.  Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, transmission category, and geographic region. Tables 2a, 2b, 11a, 11b, 15a, 15b, and 19 focus specifically on HIV diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence by race/ethnicity. In addition, some other tables that focus on different characteristics also include race/ethnicity breakdowns. 

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.

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.

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 United States. Several slides in this set focus on HIV diagnoses in different racial/ethnic groups – including Asian Americans – in large metropolitan areas, smaller metropolitan areas, and nonmetropolitan areas.


Overview Materials 

National HIV Curriculum: HIV in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations (AIDS Education and Training Center, University of Washington, and other partners, 2020) – This is the sixth lesson in the Curriculum’s Key Populations module. It has detailed information on many topics, including:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of HIV Epidemiology in Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • HIV Epidemiology Data by Racial and Ethnic Populations
  • Comparison of Racial/Ethnic Groups in the HIV Care Continuum
  • Health Outcomes and Death
  • Factors Associated with Health Inequities
  • Future Directions for Reducing HIV-Related Disparities

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 (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.