Rise Up!

About Rise Up

This year marks the 9th anniversary of Rise Up! – a community-led event dedicated to HIV/AIDS awareness. Rise Up! takes place in a safe community setting with live entertainment, great food, and onsite rapid HIV testing. Annually, we attract more than 300 participants. We are extremely excited for this year’s features: Jessa Calderon (Rapper, Singer, & Song Writer from California), Fashion Show by Native Mag Magazine, Photography by Viki Eagle & Real Life Indian, Hosted by Hannabah Blue. In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Rise Up! seeks to educate the Denver community about HIV/AIDS and the preventive measures available to us. This highly successful event celebrates those living with HIV/AIDS, commemorates those we have lost to the disease, and honors those who work to combat it.

Dear Partner Letter

Denver City Council: 2018 Proclamation in support of National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

2017 Rise Up Press Release


Free HIV Testing

Free HIV testing in the Metro Denver area:
Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program (CHIP)

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Additional Resources

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD)

National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD) is a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Natives (American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians) across the United States and Territorial Areas to get educated, get tested, get involved in prevention and get treated for HIV and AIDS. The first day of Spring was the chosen as the date to celebrate National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day was chosen by individuals in the community who had participated in a national survey to determine what day would be most appropriate. It was acknowledged that in many Native cultures across that US that the four seasons are highly respected in many cultures because they closely represent the cycle of life. Spring also represents a time of equality and balance and is the only day when day and night are at equal lengths. It is considered a time of profound change, new beginnings and birth, a celebration of life for all people. For more information, check out: http://www.nnhaad.org/. Be sure to "Like" the official National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Facebook page and promote your event on the wall there!

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is a nationwide observance coordinated by the Office on Women's Health (OWH), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its goal is to encourage people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, OWH is partnering with the Greater Than AIDS campaign and asking, "What's your deciding moment?" According to Greater Than AIDS, deciding moments are everyday opportunities to take action against HIV, whether it is getting tested, talking with friends and family, using condoms, practicing abstinence, or taking medications as directed. It is observed on March 10 every year, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March. For more information, check out the Women's Health site.


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