Thursday, May 18, 2017

Asian & Pacific Islanders HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

"May 19 is National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. It is a day to break the silence about HIV and AIDS in Asian and Pacific Islander communities and encourage individuals to get tested for HIV.
Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) make up 0.2% of the U.S. population and account for a very small percentage of new HIV diagnoses in the United States—less than 1% in 2015, the majority of which were in gay and bisexual men (78% [62]). However, HIV affects NHOPI in ways that are not always apparent. Despite a 22% decline in HIV diagnoses from 2010-2014, NHOPI had the third-highest rate of HIV diagnoses (14.1 per 1 00,000 people) by race/ethnicity in the United States.
Asians make up 6% of the U.S. population and accounted for 2% (959) of the 40,040 new HIV diagnoses in this country and six dependent areas in 2015. Of Asians diagnosed with HIV in 2015, 86% were men and 14% were women; gay and bisexual men accounted for 89% of HIV diagnoses among all Asian men in 2015..."
HIV/AIDS Awareness

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