amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research

Raising Awareness of HIV Among Caribbean-Americans

Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Is June 8th

carib awareJune 8th is National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NCAHAAD). Convened by the Caribbean People International Collective, Inc., this annual event is part of a national effort to encourage Caribbean-Americans and Caribbean-born individuals across the United States to get educated, get tested, get treated, and get involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The primary goal of NCAHAAD is to cultivate a health conscious atmosphere within the Caribbean community.

Outside of sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean has been more severely affected by HIV than any other region in the world. It is estimated that nearly 240,000 people of Caribbean descent are living with HIV and that about 20,000 are newly infected each year.

Services targeting MSM and transgender populations are scarce in the Caribbean because of discrimination and stigma. As a result many of these individuals don’t have access to preventive education and/or treatment. amfAR’s GMT Initiative supports many frontline groups in the Caribbean that work directly with MSM and transgender populations and will soon announce a sixth round of funding for grassroots organizations in the region.

On June 8th, in cities around the United States, National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will offer an opportunity for community groups, government agencies, and healthcare providers to focus attention on Caribbean-Americans’ vulnerability to HIV and the challenges they face living with the virus. The National Planning Committee promotes NCAHAAD as “a day of hope for the future of a Caribbean and Caribbean-American community with available preventive health care as a daily part of life and a Caribbean Diaspora free of AIDS.”

For more information on National Caribbean-American HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events, click here.