Today Is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 20, 2013
Today, March 20, the nation observes National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day is set aside annually to highlight the burden of HIV/AIDS on American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities.
According to CDC, approximately 20% of people in the United States with HIV do not know that they are infected; however, among American Indians and Alaska Natives this figure is closer to 25%. Furthermore, compared to members of other ethnic or racial groups, American Indians and Alaska Natives who receive a diagnosis of HIV infection or AIDS die sooner after being diagnosed. This suggests that their HIV infections may be diagnosed late in the course of the disease.
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