March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), a time to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and teenage girls and to encourage community action.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services'
Office on Women's Health (OWH)
organizes NWGHAAD events each year. This year’s theme is "Share Knowledge. Take Action."
HIV/AIDS in Women and Girls
- Women account for one in four people living with HIV in the United States.
- Black/African-American women accounted for nearly two-thirds (64 percent) of new HIV infections among women in 2010.
- In 2010, the rate of new HIV infections among black/African-American women was 20 times that of white women, and the rate among Hispanic/Latino women was 4 times the rate of white women.
- Among transgender women, on average, 28 percent tested positive for HIV, according to a 2008 review of HIV studies.
- Plan or participate in a NWGHAAD Meetup. Collective action by everyone affected or infected by HIV is one of our most powerful weapons against this epidemic.
- Spread the message.
- Participate in the monthly NPIN chat on Thursday, March 20, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. eastern time.
The topic is Prevention Strategies for Women. Follow @CDCNPIN and
use hashtag #NPINchat on March 20.
- Promote the Let's Stop HIV Together
campaign to refocus national attention on the HIV/AIDS crisis in the United States. Share the campaign videos to help fight stigma.
- Share CDC's Take Charge. Take the Test. campaign, which encourages African-American women to be tested.
- Promote education and testing in your community. Find an HIV testing site near you at hivtest.cdc.gov.