Nearly a quarter of the American Indian and Alaskan Native population are HIV-positive and aren’t aware of their status. Including the Native Hawaiian people, this demographic has the highest proportion of people who are diagnosed with AIDS within a year of receiving their HIV diagnosis. Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is designed to improve awareness about the likelihood of HIV infection, prevention methods and the importance of testing.
The First Day of Spring
With the importance of natural cycles in many Native American cultures—including mythology, religious observance and cultural celebrations—the first day of spring was chosen after a national survey was taken. By choosing a culturally significant day, the Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is more likely to be remembered.
By making HIV/AIDS awareness part of a yearly cycle, it reinforces the information provided. Education can be passed on from family member to family member with the help of a day that specifically targets the subject.
One of the best ways to make Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day a success is to get your free HIV testing from UNM Truman. In thirty minutes or less, you can have your results and it’s entirely confidential. Set the example for your friends and family by participating in active health awareness. Spread the word about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention; it’s often easier to pay attention to information from a close friend or family member than something heard by a nameless authority.