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kat yazzie (400)
Friday March 13, 2009, 5:25 pm


The four seasons are highly respected in many cultures because they so closely represent the cycle of life. Spring represents a time of equality and balance. It is a time of profound change, new beginnings and birth. For these reasons, spring was chosen as the time to hold the first National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in 2007.

March 20th, 2009 marks the third annual National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). HIV continues to increase among Native people as it has over the past decade. This day will challenge us to work together, in harmony, to create a greater awareness of the risk of HIV/AIDS to our Native communities, to call for resources for testing and early detection and for increased treatment options, and to eventually decrease the occurrence of HIV/AIDS among Native people.

Every ethnic and racial group in America has been affected by HIV/AIDS, but individual experiences, impacts, responses, and the legacy of the disease are distinctively different. This day is a day that brings national attention to the plight of Native communities and their struggles against the epidemic. We hope this date will raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among Native peopleóNative Americans, Native Alaskans, and Native Hawaiians. Protect our future! Protect our people! Celebrate life!

We encourage you to take time to think about how you can raise awareness in your community, support local efforts, talk to your leaders, or attend an event. Please contact NNAAPC to obtain more information on National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events in your area, or to learn how to host an event in your area. The materials and resources below were created so that communities can begin to spread the word and "Protect our People".

To find out more information about National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, please contact Dale Fenner, Media Specialist, at (720) 382-2244 X 316 or by email at


2009 NNHAAD Materials and Resources

NNHAAD Nationwide Community Events Map

NNHAAD Toolkit (Online Version)

NNHAAD Toolkit (Print Version)

NNHAAD Products & Incentives

Native Red Ribbon HIV/AIDS
Pendleton Blanket

Responding to HIV in the Native Community

Other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

Margo Lodge (38)
Friday March 13, 2009, 6:07 pm
Thanks for posting that Kat.

. (0)
Friday March 13, 2009, 7:46 pm
noted thank you

Teresa del Castillo (1519)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 1:00 pm

Dometria Lanauze (6)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 1:27 pm
Thanks Kat. am posting this on my FaceBook profile, so more people who suffer from this will be more aware. Peace in Our Quest for Truth

kat yazzie (400)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 1:32 pm


sue M (184)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 9:38 pm
You now when you read things like this you gotta wonder if they actually want the Native Americans to survive or not!

Donn M (56)
Saturday March 14, 2009, 9:44 pm
I was thinking the exact opposite, Sue. This is a good thing.

Patricia Springstead (17)
Sunday March 15, 2009, 3:15 pm
I think that we need to look at the Use of Silver in the treatment of HIV-AIDS, but I am just some dumb ass Nurse in Florida.

Alf I (246)
Monday March 16, 2009, 5:01 am
Trisha I don't think you're dumd ass!! First sensible thing I've heard.
Doesn't it strike anyone that these HIV awareness things are always focused at the poor and the minorities and the Africans? Doesn't it make anyone think that the HIV-AIDS hypothesis has never been proved and that the drugs offered are killing people?
Does anyone remember the disease filled blankets that were given to the NAI not such a long time ago?

Alf I (246)
Sunday March 22, 2009, 7:10 am
Please watch this video about AIDS and HIV before donating to anything which perpetuates the myth and is basically giving to a cause which makes the medical genocide of minorities possible.
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