HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAYS
Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is held each year on August 20 to raise awareness about HIV in southern communities.
The South experiences the greatest burden of HIV infections and deaths.
- 51% of all new HIV infections in the U.S. occur in the South, even though this region contains only 38% of the U.S. population.
- Among the ten states with the highest rates of new HIV diagnoses, eight are in the South.
- Many factors contribute to this disparity, including poverty, unemployment, stigma, and access to healthcare.
In Duval County in 2019:
- 284 people were diagnosed with HIV.
- 126 people were diagnosed with AIDS.
- 6,489 people were living with HIV.
- 3,479 people were living with AIDS.
Learn more about Southern HIV/AIDS Awareness Day:
National HIV Testing Day (NHTD) is observed each year on June 27. NHTD is held to encourage people to get tested for HIV and know their status. DOH-Duval is also helping individuals who are living with HIV get connected to treatment.
DOH-Duval is partnering with local businesses and community partners for a Week of Prevention leading up to National HIV Testing Day. A different event is planned for each day during the week of June 21-26.
Monday, June 21
Hosted by Overflow Health Alliance
Thursday, June 24
Multiple prevention activities will be announced.
Hosted by Area 4 Prevention Partners
Tuesday, June 22
Cupcakes and Conversation
Taco Tuesday Testing
Hosted by DOH-MMU and JASMYN
Friday, June 25
Hosted by CAN Community Health
Wednesday, June 23
Cookies and Conversation
Hosted by Agape Family Health
Saturday, June 26
National HIV Testing Day Event
Sponsored by First Coast Community AIDS Prevention Partnership (FCCAPP)
National Transgender HIV Testing Day (NTHTD) is held annually on April 18 to promote the importance of routine HIV testing and status awareness among transgender and gender non-binary people.
The transgender community is considered high-risk for HIV infection.
- Transgender women are disproportionately affected by HIV.
- PrEP can greatly reduce the risk of HIV transmission.
- High risk individuals should be tested for HIV at least once per year. Some individuals should be tested every three to six months.
Providers - get to know you patients.
- Collect complete patient demographics: including sex assigned at birth, current gender identity, and preferred name and pronouns.
- Don’t be afraid to ask about sexual history and other risk factors.
- Complete and accurate data is crucial for designing and evaluating HIV prevention programs.
Everyone can help fight stigma.
- Discrimination prevents transgender people from accessing quality healthcare.
- Help educate others about issues affecting the trans community.
- Examine your own sub-conscious biases.
To learn more, please visit: https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/group/gender/transgender/index.html
National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD) is held each year on April 10. It is a day to educate our communities about the impact of HIV and AIDS on young people. We do this by linking people to services and by providing sexual health education and resources.
Did you know? In Duval County, in 2019:
- 17.6% of new HIV diagnoses were in youth, ages 13-24.
- 8.7% of new AIDS diagnoses were in youth, ages 13-24.
- 232 young people ages 13-24 were living with HIV.
- 42 young people, ages 13-24, were living with AIDS.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is observed each year on March 10. This year’s theme is HIV Prevention Starts with ME: Ending the HIV Epidemic Together. DOH-Duval will be promoting this awareness day to encourage everyone to take steps to protect themselves from HIV.
HIV and AIDS By the Numbers - Duval County, 2019:
- 24.3% of new HIV diagnoses are female
- 28.6% of new AIDS diagnoses are female
- 2,197 women in Duval live with HIV
- 1,227 women in Duval live with AIDS
- Heterosexual contact is the biggest risk factor among women
- 18.1% of women with HIV are not receiving treatment
Pregnancy and HIV - Facts vs Myths (155 KB PDF)
National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHAAD) is observed each year on February 7th to promote awareness and highlight the great work being done to reduce HIV in Black communities in the U.S.
Learn more about NBHAAD and find out how you can help increase HIV education, testing, community involvement, and treatment among black communities.
2019 Duval County Statistics Among the Black Community:
- 4,406 people living with HIV
- 167 new HIV diagnoses
- 86 people progressed to AIDS diagnoses
- 17.6% of people with HIV were not receiving treatment
Download and share the flyer. (515 KB PDF)
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988. Each year, organizations and individuals across the world bring attention to the HIV epidemic, endeavor to increase HIV awareness and knowledge, speak out against HIV stigma, and call for an increased response to move toward Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America.
World AIDS Day is held annually on December 1st to bring attention to the HIV epidemic and speak out against HIV stigma. This year’s theme is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact.”
National Latinx AIDS Awareness Day (NLAAD) is observed each year on October 15 to increase awareness of the impact of HIV on the Hispanic/Latino population in the United States. The NLAAD campaign promotes HIV testing and prevention, and provides information on access to care for Hispanic/Latino communities across the nation.