by National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day category: Health

“HIV and HepB among African immigrants in the US is a "hidden epidemic". Join us! Educate others. Take action. http://thndr.it/1INDMr7

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Did you know? 40-70% of people living in the US with Hep B are foreign born and African immigrants face the highest average chronic Hepatitis B rates in the US.

Did you know? HIV diagnosis rates among African-born population in the US are 6 times higher than the general population.

Did you know? September 9th is National African Immigrant & Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day

The African immigrant community contributes significantly to the economic and social welfare of the United States - yet there isn't a national push to address how HIV and viral Hepatitis disproportionately impacts their community.

The US federally recognizes about 11 awareness days, including those culturally and ethnic specific, such as days for Caribbeans, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Native Americans, Latinos and Black Americans. Awareness days have historically been established by community-led advocacy campaigns as a way to bring national attention, resources and policy change to sub-populations impacted by HIV and other diseases.

There is growing data related to the disproportionate impact of HIV and Hepatitis B on African immigrants in the US. Unlike other communities, African immigrants do not have a federally recognized awareness day that responds to their unique assets and challenges. The current awareness days are inclusive of the African immigrant communities, but do not comprehensively address the unique social factors, cultural diversity as well as divergent histories and experiences in the U.S.

On September 9th for NAIRHHA Day, organizations, communities, families and individuals will:
• raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and viral Hepatitis to eliminate stigma
• learn about ways to protect against HIV, viral Hepatitis and other related diseases
• take control by encouraging screenings and treatment, including viral Hepatitis vaccination
• get involved by advocating for policies and practices that promote healthy African immigrant families, communities and individuals

We can all support #NAIRHHADayNow!

Choose “Support with Twitter” or “Support with Facebook”  to join in this message with supporters across the US!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NAIRHHA

Twitter: @NAIRHHADay

  • One message, Many Voices! Less than 24 hours until NAIRHHA Day on Sept. 9th!

    September 8, 2015

    Help us spread the word! Use social media to commemorate National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day on Sept. 9thDonate a tweet or a post! It only takes 1 minute and a click of a button …

    1. Sign up by clicking http://thndr.it/1IQC4TB. 

    2. Choose "Support with Twitter" or "Support with Facebook". Follow the directions until you see SUPPORTED.

    African immigrants in the US are highly impacted by HIV and Hepatitis B. The purpose of NAIRHAA Day is to work together as community members, health care providers, researchers, educators, policymakers and faith leaders to encourage awareness, education and screening in the African immigrant community.

    In solidarity, we are lifting our voices on social media to make a LOUD noise in support of NAIRHHA Day on Sept. 9th!

  • Tweet and post about @NAIRHHADay!

    September 1, 2015
    Unsure what to post or tweet for @NAIRHHADay? No worries! Use our sample tweets to #educate #takeaction for #HIV #hepatitis #africanimmigrants.

    African immigrants in the US make up a growing percentage of people of color affected by HIV/AIDS. Commemorate @NAIRHHADay on 9/9! Register at http://thndr.it/1IQC4TB

    Simply click and share! It only takes 2 minutes to “donate" a tweet or facebook post to commemorate NAIRHHA Day on Sept. 9th! Register at http://thndr.it/1IQC4TB

    DYK: HIV and HepB are "hidden epidemics" among African immigrants in the US. #educate #takeaction by 9/9 http://thndr.it/1IQC4TB

    Find more samples here -- http://ow.ly/d/3Fv7

National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day

Mobilizing for the National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day on September 9th is lead by the Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) program at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC), Hepatitis B Foundation and Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO).

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