35 Years of HIV/AIDS in Native America
In 1987, NNAAPC was created to advocate at the national, state, and Tribal levels for funding and proactive policies that prevented HIV in Native communities. During the early 80's, other National Tribal organizations were afraid to talk about HIV/AIDS and were not speaking up about the risks to Native Communities from HIV. This fear based response was due to homophobia.
NNAAPC was created during a time when the Presidential administration wouldn't acknowledge the AIDS crises nor even say the words HIV or AIDS. During the beginning of the epidemic, bigotry and homophobia were allowed to drive policy. Not until 1994 did the rhetoric change. We are steadfast in our commitment to seeing native communities free of HIV, HCV, and STD's where health and wellness are celebrated.