National Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2022 – Resources
March 20 is National Aboriginal HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD), observed on the first day of spring each year. The theme for 2022 is “Reflection. Party. Rejuvenation.” The 2022 NNHAAD poster, designed by Jolene Yazzie (Having dinner)highlights this year’s theme to reflect the resilience of surviving the COVID-19 pandemic and to begin healing and rejuvenation.
The National Native HIV Network (NNHN), in collaboration with the Indian Health Service (IHS) National HIV/AIDS Program, leads the observation efforts of NNHAAD.
This celebration recognizes the impact of HIV among Indigenous peoples (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians) and highlights HIV efforts in communities across the country. Awareness Day is an opportunity to share information about HIV and its impact in the Aboriginal community; providing accessible testing options and HIV counselling; and help reduce the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS.
The updated National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NAS) identifies Aboriginal men who have sex with men as one of its priority populations. “Indigenous input is critical to achieving the national goal of ending the HIV epidemic,” says Rick Haverkate, national HIV/HCV program consultant for IHS, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. . In addition to their contributions to NHAS, Haverkate and the IHS have launched a project to indigenize NHAS, making it more suitable for Indigenous communities, adding additional language to make NHAS harmonious with diverse Indigenous cultures.
NNHAAD is a national effort to encourage Native people across the United States and territorial areas to be educated, tested, involved in HIV prevention and treated.
HIV.gov, IHS, and NNHN provide resources such as educational videos on PrEP for HIV prevention, HIV stigma, and HIV data for American Indians and Alaska Natives, training videos, provider toolkits, fact sheets, and other materials from the HIV community and federal agencies. Organizations are encouraged to use these communication resources as resources to promote NNHAAD and organize awareness days in their community. HIV.gov offers an Event Planning Guide for Awareness Day activities, the National Indian Health Board provides a Social Media Toolkit, and NNHAAD.org offers a National Calendar of Awareness Day Events and a poster downloadable from the NNHAAD website.
The NNHAAD 2022 poster features an image of a hand with a fern leaf that represents rejuvenation in the background image of water, signifying continued life and a reflection of progress in ending the epidemic of HIV in our Aboriginal communities.
GET A FREE PREPARATION
Ready, Set, PrEP is a nationwide program that provides free PrEP medications to people who don’t have prescription drug insurance. People who are not eligible for this program can still receive free PrEP drugs at federally operated IHS clinics. Use the HIV Testing and Care Services Site Locator to find urban IHS, Tribal, and Indian clinics where patients can receive primary care, in addition to labs, HIV and STI testing, and services of PrEP.
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Join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NNHAAD. Find NNHAAD messages and resources:
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The National Native HIV Network is a Native-led initiative that engages Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities affected by HIV through peer and programmatic support, training, and outreach. capacity building assistance. Their holistic approach is rooted in their cultural values, teachings and affection for these communities. With support from the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary of Health’s Minority HIV/AIDS Fund through the IHS, the Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board coordinates a wide range of key stakeholders from all 12 IHS areas to form the NNHN.