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Today is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today is National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The day raises awareness of the increasing impact HIV/AIDS has had on American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, and encourages them to take action.

As of Dec. 31, 2013, a total of 10,409 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Of those cases, 235 were among American Indians. Currently, 132 American Indians are living with HIV in Minnesota.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day began in 2006 as an effort to raise awareness of the increasing impact HIV/AIDS has had on American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians, and to honor and reduce the stigma among those infected and affected by HIV/AIDS. More information about this year’s National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is on the MDH website, including a list of events.


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