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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.

Photo: Young man smilingTo 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.

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  • Page last reviewed: May 13, 2013
  • Page last updated: May 13, 2013
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    • Office of the Associate Director for Communication, Digital Media Branch, Division of Public Affairs
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