March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Be the Generation Bridge Acknowledges National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an observance day that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of the impact HIV continues to have on women and girls. It is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The day helps organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about HIV prevention, the importance of getting tested, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue—more than 290,000 women in the United States are living with HIV (CDC. MMWR, Vol. 60, No. 21; 2011). While men account for most HIV/AIDS cases, the impact on women and girls with HIV/AIDS is no less severe. In addition, research shows that women face larger gaps in access and care than men face.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed on March 10 every year, but OWH encourages organizations to hold events throughout the month of March. If you’d like to learn more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, including ideas for acknowledging the day, how to issue and use a proclamation, getting tips for media outreach or building partnerships, please visit womenshealth.gov – a project of OWH.
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