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New York State Department of Health: HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

HIV/AIDS Awareness Days
from New York State Department of Health, June 15, 2011

Logo for National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness DaySeptember 18th – National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (NHAAAD)

The AIDS Institute* launched National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day on September 18, 2008. NHAAAD is observed annually on or around September 18th. The campaigned is recognized by the U.S. Deparmtent of Health and Human Services, Office of HIV/AIDS Policy, and www.aids.gov.

*Please note that this is not referring to the NYS Department of Health AIDS Institute

Logo for National Gay Men's HIV/AIDS Awareness DaySeptember 27th – National Gay Men’s HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded this day, which began in 2008, to raise gay men’s awareness of the HIV epidemic and the role they can play in bringing it to an end.

National Latino AIDS Awareness DayOctober 15th – National Latino AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD)

The theme for 2011 is Latinos Unite! Let’s Stay Healthy! Get Tested for HIV! The NLAAD campaign works anuually at building capacity for non-profit organizations and health departments in order to reach out to Latino/Hispanic communities, promote HIV testing, provide HIV prevention information and access to care.

Logo for World AIDS DayDecember 1st – World AIDS Day

An estimated 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, and yet one out of five don’t know it. World AIDS Day is an opportunity for us to take action! Join the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute in celebrating World AIDS Day.

Logo for National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness DayFebruary 7th – National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD)

The Strategic Leadership Council directs, plans, and organizes NBHAAD with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The 2012 theme is “I am My Brother’s Keeper: Fight HIV/AIDS!”

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness DayMarch 10th – National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service Office on Women’s Health is the lead for this day.

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness DayMarch 20th – National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a collaborative effort between the organizations listed below. Please see their website for NNAAD information and events.

Logo for HIV Vaccine Awareness DayMay 18th – HIV Vaccine Awareness Day

This day is to recognize and thank the thousands of volunteers, community members, health professionals, and scientists who are working together to find a safe and effective HIV vaccine. This observance is also a day to educate our communitites about the importance of preventive HIV vaccine research.

Logo for National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness DayMay 19th – National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Logo for Caribbean American HIV/AIDS Awareness DayJune 8th – National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Logo for National HIV Testing DayJune 27th – National HIV Testing Day (NHTD)

NHTD is an annual observance to promote HIV testing. The National Association of People with AIDS (NAPWA) founded the day in 1995. The 2011 NHTD fell between two major anniversaries:

  • June 5, 2011 – 30 years since the CDC’s MMWR reported the first cases of AIDS; and,
  • July 13, 2011 – the one year anniversary of the release of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy.

The annual theme is “Take the Test. Take Control.”

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