HIV/AIDS among American Indians and Alaska Natives

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factsheet_natives_graphsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its partners are pursuing a High-Impact Prevention approach to advance the goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), maximize the effectiveness of current HIV prevention methods and improve surveillance among AI/AN

In 2010, HIV infection was the ninth leading cause of death among AI/AN men and women aged 25 to 34. AI/AN men accounted for 76% (161) and AI/AN women accounted for 24% (51) of the estimated 212 AI/AN diagnosed with HIV infection in 2011.


Citation: Office of the Surgeon General (US); National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention (US). 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action: A Report of the U.S. Surgeon General and of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention. Washington (DC): US Department of Health & Human Services (US); 2012 Sep. Appendix D, Groups With Increased Suicide Risk.

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HIV and Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women

Social, economic, and cultural barriers limit the ability of many American Indians/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) young women to receive accurate and adequate information on preventing HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STI)s. Young native women need culturally competent, affordable services which build on their assets. Additionally, there is a striking lack of research on cultural issues that influence the reproductive and sexual health of American Indians/Alaska Natives, less on AI/AN adolescents, and even less on young American Indian women.

One study in Los Angeles found that 56 percent of AI/AN patients with HIV were racially misclassified. The CDC estimates that the rate of AIDS diagnoses for American Indian and Alaska Native adults and adolescents is 9.9 per 100,000 persons. This rate is higher than whites and Asians but lower than blacks and Hispanics.

Citation: Bridges, Emily. “HIV and Young American Indian/Alaska Native Women.” Advocates for Youth. Advocates for Youth, Feb. 2011. Web


CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY-BASED HIV/AIDS RESEARCH- Health and Safety Issues for Aboriginal Transgender Two Spirit People in Manitoba

The Canadian Journal of Aboriginal Community-Based HIV/AIDS Research (CJACBR) is published annually by the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network (CAAN) as a service to its membership and anyone with an interest in Aboriginal Community-Based Research.

A community based needs assessment for the Two-Spirit and Transgender individuals in Manitoba and Ontario, Canada.

Citation: Taylor, Catherine. “Health and Safety Issues for Aboriginal Transgender/Two Spirit People in Manitoba.” CANADIAN JOURNAL OF ABORIGINAL COMMUNITY-BASED HIV/AIDS RESEARCH, Apr. 2009. Web