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National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 19, 2014, is National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and marks the 10th annual observance. The theme is "Saving face can't make you safe. Talk about HIV—for me, for you, for everyone." The day was created by The Banyan Tree Project as part of a national campaign to end the silence and shame surrounding HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities.


HIV/AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islanders

  • Nearly one in four (22.7 percent) Asians living with HIV don't know it.
  • More than one in four (26.7 percent) Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islanders living with HIV don't know it.
  • Misidentification of race may lead to the underestimation of HIV infection rates in Asians.
  • Among all racial groups, Asians overall have the highest rate of never having been tested for HIV.

Take Action

  1. Plan or participate in an awareness event.
    • Register your event using the online form.
    • Find an event.
    • Access resources from the Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center.
  2. Spread the message through the media and online.
    • Follow The Banyan Tree Project™ on Facebook and Twitter and share their postings and tweets.
    • Share stories and videos from Asian and Pacific Islander people who have experienced HIV firsthand and have overcome obstacles to be where they are today.

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