Tuesday, March 10, 2009

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, Office on Women's Health is the lead for this day. The 2009 theme is "HIV is Right Here at Home".

The Facts
In 2005, women represented 26 percent of new AIDS diagnoses, compared to only 11 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 1990. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact and injection drug use.

Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.

Take Action
There are many ways you can take action in response to HIV/AIDS:
Get tested for HIV
Practice safer methods to prevent HIV
Decide not to engage in high risk behaviors
Talk about HIV prevention with family, friends, and colleagues
Provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS

AIDS.gov is the gateway to all Federal domestic information on HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, treatment, research, policies and resources.
womenshealth.gov is the Federal government source for women's health information.
cdc.gov is the information from the CDC about women and HIV/AIDS.

Listen to and share this message from OWH Director Dr. Wanda Jones about HIV/AIDS among women and girls.Listen to this CDC podcast on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and the importance of getting tested for HIV.

Mobile Resources
To find an HIV Testing location near you, send a text message with your ZIP code to KNOWIT (566948) or visit hivtest.org.

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