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May 19: National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

One of the key achievements of the Banyan Tree Project to date is the establishment of National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19th. This day is officially recognized by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The first National Awareness Day was held in 2005. Each year, this day is commemorated with events around the country designed to promote the Banyan Tree Project goals.

What happens on this day?

Organizations around the country dedicated to providing HIV/AIDS services to A&PIs host events in their communities to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS-related stigma.

Here are some highlights from May 19, 2010:

  • We increased the number of National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events from 13 in 2009 to 25 in 2010.
  • We continued partnership with LOGO, but expanded our public service announcement placement to online venues like Hulu.com.
  • New events where held in Irvine and El Segundo, CA, as well as in Tulsa, OK and Springdale, AR.
  • In San Francisco, the banner May 19, 2010 event was a press conference featuring Ryan Ong Palao, also known as Ongina, California Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and epidemiologist Dr. Tri Do speaking about the rising rates of HIV and hepatitis B infection in A&PI communities.
  • We partnered with Asian Pacific Americans for Progress to do 25 blog posts the week of May 19.
  • We increase the number of new visitors to the Banyan Tree Project website by over 1000%.
  • We started a series of community videos which are on the Banyan Tree Project homepage

Other HIV/AIDS Awareness Days

National Asian & Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is one of eleven federally recognized HIV/AIDS Awareness Days that happen throughout the year. In recognition of National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has created a National HIV/AIDS Observance Days Web site.

We actively partner in promoting these other awareness days and their activities. To find out more about a specific awareness day, please click below. (Links lead to agencies or organizations that coordinate that particular awareness day.)

The other awareness days, in calendar order, are:

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The Banyan Tree Project is a program of Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center

Our partners are nonprofit and community-based organizations dedicated to providing HIV referrals, education, outreach, advocacy, prevention and care services to A&PI communities.

This web site was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number 1U65PS002095-01 from The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Taking Root Digital Storytelling Initiative is also supported by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the Office of Minority Health Resource Center.