September 9 is National African Immigrants and Refugees HIV and Hepatitis Awareness Day. Founded by advocates in Massachusetts, Washington D.C., and New York, National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV and Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRHHA) has been observed annually on September 9th by communities, advocates, healthcare professionals, government officials, and other stakeholders since 2014. The purpose of NAIRHHA Day is to bring national and local attention to the HIV and viral hepatitis needs of African immigrants living in the U.S. in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. By addressing some of the unique issues that African immigrants in the U.S. face through awareness, education, and resources, NAIRHHA Day will help to eliminate the pervasive stigma surrounding HIV and hepatitis in these communities and empower communities to take charge of their own health, by encouraging screenings, treatment, and hepatitis B vaccination.
Interested in learning more about resources for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis? Check out the links below:
- Hepatitis B #justB videos and other resources for educators and physiciansExit Disclaimer
- HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B as CoinfectionsExit Disclaimer
- MAC HIV/STI InfoExit Disclaimer
To view past webinars related to NAIRHHA Day, click the links below:
- 2020 NAIRHAA Day Celebration
- Eliminating HIV and Hepatitis Inequities among African Immigrants: A Convo with Federal and Local Partners
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