Ryan White and Asian Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Ryan White and Asian Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

May 1, 2017
Asians Not Testing for HIV

"Saving face can’t make you safe. Talk about HIV for me, or you, for everyone.” This is the theme for Asian and Pacific Islander HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, May 19.

Asians and Pacific Islanders (APIs) comprise an exceptionally diverse population, representing 2% of new HIV infections in 2015, according to CDC. Most Asian HIV/AIDS cases are among gay/bisexual men and transgender individuals. Language and culture represent key barriers to care, as outlined in this HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau fact sheet on Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) clients who are Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders.

Asians and Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders each comprise less than 2% of those receiving Ryan White services. 

Ryan White Care Makes a Difference

According to 2016 HRSA client-level data, the percentage of RWHAP clients who achieved viral suppression has increased steadily in recent years, from 69.5% in 2010 to 84.9% in 2016. Improvements over the years have also been documented among RWHAP Asian clients (82.5 to 92.3 percent from 2012-2016) and Hawaiian/Pacific Islander clients (79.1 to 84.8 percent from 2012-2016). 

A Trans Woman Living with HIV

TA and Training Resources

The HRSA HIV/AIDS Bureau and its partners have developed a number of resources to address HIV/AIDS among API populations.

Highlights include:

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