I wanted to get the word out to all of SAM's Asian American readers about a very important project.
The Banyan Tree Project raises awareness about sexual health in A&PI communities by addressing the silence and shame surrounding HIV.
KEY FACTS ABOUT HIV AND A&PIs:
- 1 in 3 Asians & Pacific Islanders living with HIV don’t know it.
- Over two-thirds of Asians and over half of Pacific Islanders have never been tested for HIV.
- Between 2001 and 2004, Asian and Pacific Islander men had the largest percentage increase in new HIV infections, more than any other racial and ethnic group.
- Between 2001 and 2006, the number of new HIV infections among young gay and bisexual Asian and Pacific Islander men more than doubled.
If you would like to find out more about the Banyan Tree Project and National A&PI HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on May 19th, please visit banyantreeproject.org.
Check out their PSA: