Resources for 2021 Asian and Pacific Islands HIV / AIDS Awareness Day

May 19 is National HIV / AIDS Awareness Day in Asia and the Pacific Islands. This celebration, led by the San Francisco Community Health Center, raises awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS, the risks and stigma surrounding HIV in the Asian Pacific Islander Community (API). Given the rise in violence against the API community, we also stand in solidarity with the community and encourage you to get involved in anti-violence efforts in your area.

The API community is the fastest growing American minority community. However, from 2014 to 2018, annual HIV diagnoses among Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and dependent regions remained stable. Asians, who make up 6% of the population, accounted for about 2% of HIV diagnoses in 2018 in the United States and dependent regions. While Asians and Pacific Islanders make up a small percentage of people living with HIV in the United States, preventing new HIV infections and helping people with HIV connect to effective HIV treatment and care is essential aspects of our work to end the HIV epidemic.

For more information, the US HIV Epidemic Analysis Dashboard (AHEAD) displays national HIV data for the entire API community across six EHE indicators, including HIV diagnosis, link with HIV medical care, incidence, knowledge of status, PrEP coverage and viral suppression.

In recent years, annual HIV diagnoses have increased among some members of the API community, such as young adults with API and men who have sex with men. Knowing your status gives you powerful information so you can take action to reduce your risk of HIV and take charge of your health. Use the HIV testing and health care site locator to find a clinic near you or choose from the self-test options available.
In addition, the CDC’s Stop HIV Together campaign features resources that promote testing and treatment for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.

Asians and Pacific Islanders have low PrEP coverage compared to other ethnic groups in the United States. The Ready, Set, PrEP program is a national program that provides free PrEP drugs to people who do not have prescription drug insurance. If you don’t qualify for this program, talk to a health care provider for other federally funded options.

Expanded telehealth, self-test and pharmacy services facilitate access to HIV testing, treatment and prevention. Talk to a health care provider about the care options that meet your needs.

Stay up to date with the news of the Asian and Pacific Islanders National HIV / AIDS Awareness Day by using the hashtag # APIMay19 and follow the handle @HIVgov.

Visit the Asia and Pacific Islanders National HIV / AIDS Awareness Day page and use the background information from to share facts about HIV, help raise awareness about HIV and focus on the importance of HIV testing, stigma and its effects. For additional resources and updates on for other HIV observances, subscribe to our email distribution list.

Visit the APICHA Community Health Center or San Francisco Community Health Center to find more HIV prevention resources for the API community.

For resources on anti-Asian violence, visit

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