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Press Release

Increase in Rate of HIV Diagnoses Among Native Communities Further Emphasizes the Need for Enhanced Prevention Efforts

March 20, 2012

Washington, D.C. -- March 20, 2012 marks the 6th annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. NNHAAD is a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Natives (American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved in prevention and get treated for HIV and AIDS.

On March 14, 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its HIV Surveillance Report, 2010, Vol. 22, which presented data for diagnoses of HIV infection and AIDS through December 31, 2010 and reported to CDC through June 2011. Although the majority of diagnoses of HIV infection were among blacks/African Americans (46% of all diagnoses of HIV infection), whites (29%), and Hispanics/Latinos (20%), the only racial/ethnic group to have an increase in the rate of HIV diagnoses was American Indians/Alaska Natives.

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