National API HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
In recent years, the number of diagnoses of HIV infection among Asians has increased while the number of diagnoses among Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders has decreased. In 2011, an estimated 821 Asians and 68 Native Hawaiians/other Pacific Islanders were diagnosed with HIV infection in the United States.
To raise awareness about the impact of HIV on these populations, National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events are held nationwide on May 19. The theme for 2013 is "I'm talking about HIV…because saving face can't make you safe." Saving face is a common cultural norm among Asian and Pacific Islanders that contributes to silence around talking about sex, HIV, and safer sex practices.
National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day was founded by the Banyan Tree Project, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to end the silence and shame surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
The Banyan Tree Project is sponsored by the San Francisco-based Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center and in collaboration with partner organizations in Boston, Chicago, Honolulu, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.
What Can You Do?
- Get tested for HIV. To find a testing site near you, text your ZIP Code to KNOW IT (566948).
- Attend an event near you.
- Talk with your health care provider about your risks for HIV and get tested.
- Get the facts about HIV/AIDS by visiting the Act Against AIDS web site including:
- The risk factors for acquiring HIV.
- How to avoid high-risk behaviors.
- How to practice safer methods to prevent HIV.
- Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues.
- Volunteer at a local organization that serves people living with HIV.
- Stand up against stigma, racism, and other forms of discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS.
- Learn more from Asian and Pacific Island health organizations, including:
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