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March 10 Is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

SUMMARY: Thursday, March 10, is the 6th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), designated to call attention to the disease in this vulnerable population. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly a quarter of all diagnoses of HIV infection and of AIDS in 2009 were among women and girls aged 13 years and older, with women of color impacted most heavily.

The CDC notes that nearly 184,000 women and adolescent girls were living with HIV at the end of 2008, and more than 101,000 women and girls with AIDS have died since the beginning of the epidemic.

Women and girls of color -- especially African-Americans -- bear a disproportionately heavy burden of HIV infection. In 2009, according to the CDC, the rate of HIV diagnosis for black females was nearly 20 times higher than the rate for white females and approximately 4 times higher than the rate for Hispanic/Latina females.

Various government agencies are recognizing the day:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: http://www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD.
CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/Features/WomenGirlsHIVAIDS.
AIDSinfo: http://www.aidsinfo.nih.gov/other/specialityPage.aspx?pageID=74.

In addition, further news and event information is available on Twitter at #NWGHAAD.

3/11/11

Sources

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

AIDSinfo. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

 





 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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