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2021 National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (May 19)


The 17th annual National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will be held on Wednesday, May 19.  To help commemorate the day, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Fact Sheets, Web Pages, and Infographics

HIV/AIDS and Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders and HIV/AIDS and Asian Americans (HHS Office of Minority Health) – These web pages have detailed statistical information about HIV testing, HIV and AIDS cases, and death rates among Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans.

HIV and Asians (CDC) – This fact sheet has recent HIV/AIDS statistics, plus information on transmission categories and risk factors among Asians living in the U.S. and dependent areas, as well as steps CDC is taking to address HIV/AIDS in this population group.

HIV and Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders (CDC) – This fact sheet covers the same range of topics in the fact sheet directly above, except that the population group is Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders.

National Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day ( – Web page with links to information and resources about HIV/AIDS in this community.

Infographics on HIV Among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Other Pacific Islanders (CDC and AIDSVu):


HIV Surveillance Reports and Data Analyses

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (updated) (CDC) – This 119-page report includes detailed information about new HIV diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence among Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders, and other racial and ethnic groups. Breakdowns are also provided by age, gender, transmission category, and geographic region. Tables 2a, 2b, 11a, 11b, 15a, 15b, and 19 focus specifically on HIV diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence by race/ethnicity. In addition, some other tables that focus on different characteristics also include race/ethnicity breakdowns.

Epidemiology of HIV Infection 2018 (preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set includes numerous tables, charts, graphs, and maps with recent and historical information on HIV and AIDS diagnoses, including breakdowns by race/ethnicity, mode of exposure, gender, age, and state or territory. Some of the slides include data for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders.

HIV Surveillance by Race/Ethnicity 2018 (preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set focuses specifically on racial and ethnic patterns and disparities in different racial/ethnic groups, including Asian Americans and Native Hawaiians & other Pacific Islanders.

HIV Surveillance in Urban and Nonurban Areas 2018 (preliminary) (CDC) – This slide set presents information about regional variations in diagnoses of HIV and AIDS among adults and adolescents in the United States. Please note that several slides in this set focus on HIV diagnoses in different racial/ethnic groups – including Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian & other Pacific Islanders – in large metropolitan areas, smaller metropolitan areas, and nonmetropolitan areas.


Overview Materials

National HIV Curriculum: HIV in Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations (AIDS Education and Training Center, University of Washington, and other partners, 2020) – This is the sixth lesson in the HIV Curriculum’s Key Populations module. It has detailed information on many topics, including:

  • Introduction
  • Overview of HIV Epidemiology in Racial and Ethnic Minorities
  • HIV Epidemiology Data by Racial and Ethnic Populations
  • Comparison of Racial/Ethnic Groups in the HIV Care Continuum
  • Health Outcomes and Death
  • Factors Associated with Health Inequities
  • Future Directions for Reducing HIV-Related Disparities

Case Studies to Improve Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Data Collection, Reporting, and Dissemination (Asian and Pacific Islander American Health Forum) – This 60-page report from 2013 includes in-depth case studies of three jurisdictions – New York, Hawaii, and San Francisco – which each have significant Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander populations and significant HIV/AIDS rates in those groups.

Ten Reasons to Address HIV/AIDS in Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities (White House archives, 2014) – The reasons cited include low HIV testing rates and late testing, high HIV stigma, and lack of awareness of HIV status among Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

BESAFE: A Cultural Competency Model for Asians and Pacific Islanders (National Minority AIDS Education and Training Center and Howard University) – This workbook outlines a framework to help healthcare providers become culturally competent in the care of Asian and Pacific Islander persons with HIV.