May 19 is National Asian & 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.
Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) make up 0.2% of the U.S. population and account for a very small percentage of new HIV diagnoses in the United States—less than 1% in 2015, the majority of which were in gay and bisexual men (78% ). However, HIV affects NHOPI in ways that are not always apparent. Despite a 22% decline in HIV diagnoses from 2010-2014, NHOPI had the third-highest rate of HIV diagnoses (14.1 per 1 00,000 people) by race/ethnicity in the United States.