Asian and Pacific Islander HIV Awareness

May 19, 2015

May 19 is National Asian and 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.

Asians and Pacific Islanders comprise a small percentage of all HIV infections in the United States. Asians accounted for 2% (950) of the estimated 47,500 new HIV infections in the United States in 2010. This represented an almost 20% decrease in the rate of estimated new infections since 2007 (10.4 per 100,000 people to 8.4 per 100,000 people).

Among Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI), this population accounted for less than 1 percent (70) of the estimated new HIV infections in the United States in 2010. However, in 2013 NHOPI had the fourth highest estimated rate of total HIV diagnoses (12.7 per 100,000 people) in the United States by race/ethnicity.

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