National Native H.I.V./AIDS Awareness Day (N.N.H.A.A.D.) is a holiday observed annually on the first day of spring, which falls on March 20 this year. It is a day to offer people in American communities hope and support regarding HIV/AIDS, to bring attention to those fighting the disease, and to honor those who have been lost to the disease. These events are extremely vital and should be observed globally, particularly in nations with less developed medical and health services, with an emphasis on prevention. We believe that those who raise awareness and aid in the fight against this disease are unsung champions, and we are thrilled to celebrate this day alongside them.
The background of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Native H.I.V./AIDS Awareness Day has existed since 2007 to bring attention to efforts to reduce H.I.V. among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians, and to demonstrate support for people living with H.I.V. in these communities. National Native H.I.V. network is planning the event to promote H.I.V. education, testing, prevention, and treatment in Native communities.
The need for this campaign was necessitated by the obstacles encountered by the Native American population, which make HIV prevention and care for those infected with the virus difficult. Awareness of their HIV status, alcohol and illicit drug use, data limitations, sexually transmitted diseases, stigma and confidentiality, socioeconomic issues, and cultural diversity are some of these obstacles. These obstacles, particularly stigma, dread, discrimination, and homophobia, can increase the risk for many, including those who reside in rural communities or reservations.
In October 2006, the National Native C.B.A. Network, comprised of three collaborating organizations (Commitment to Action for 7th-Generation Awareness & Educations (CA7AE), Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc. (I.T.C.A. ), and National Native American AIDS Prevention Center (N.N.A.A.P.C. ), presented a resolution for National Native H.I.V./AIDS Awareness Day to the National Congress of American Indian
The date of the Spring equinox was chosen because it corresponds to the period of regeneration and equilibrium.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.) provided funding for the three organizations to provide capacity-building assistance to Native organizations, tribes, state health departments, and any other organization servicing Native populations. Since the inception of N.N.H.A.A.D., the collaborative partnership has expanded to include Begay Consulting, Center for Prevention and Wellness, Council Oaks Training and Evaluation, Inc., E.T.R’s Community Impact Solutions Project, Florida Department of Health — H.I.V. Section, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board, and a 12-member materials review committee to evaluate all N.N.H.A.A.D.-related products.
In 2016, 1% (243) of the 39,782 H.I.V. diagnoses in the United States were documented among American Indians and Alaska Natives, despite the creation of the holiday. Of those, 81% (198) were men and 19% (45) were women. The majority (77 percent; 152) of the 198 H.I.V. diagnoses among American Indians and Alaska Natives males in 2016 were attributed to male-to-male sexual contact. The majority (69%) of the 45 H.I.V. diagnoses among American Indian and Alaska Native women in 2016 were due to heterosexual contact. 102 AIs/ANs were diagnosed with AIDS in 2016. 75% (77) of them were males, while 24% (24) were women. However, due to daily efforts, the number decreases daily.
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It is hoped that the spread of HIV can be stopped, and this is conceivable.
By contributing to the campaign, you can influence many hearts and reduce the stigma associated with HIV.
You can commemorate this event from your bedroom to your vacation destination, especially through social media posts.
The events include awareness speeches, information booths at a health fair, mini-workshops, etc.
The event also recognizes those who have passed away due to HIV/AIDS.
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