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"Share Knowledge. Take Action."
The AIDS Institute and AIDS Alliance Promotes Communicating This Very Important Message on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 8, 2013

Washington, D.C. -- As we commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), The AIDS Institute strongly embraces and supports this year's message "Share Knowledge. Take Action." The theme broadly communicates necessary awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourages all of us to take action.

"National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to reflect on the often overlooked impact of HIV on women and girls and communicate the message of empowering individuals and organizations to make a difference," states The AIDS Institute's Board President, Marylin Merida. "Statistics continue to demonstrate that heterosexual contact and injection drug use remain the most common methods of HIV transmission among women. We need to continue to educate and empower women, particularly young women and girls."

According to the CDC, 24 percent of new HIV infections in the United States occur among women. In comparison to other races and ethnicities, Black and Latina women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected at all stages of HIV infection. In 2011, these women of color accounted for 79 percent of new HIV diagnoses and 81 percent of new AIDS diagnoses among women.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day activities work to advance the goals set forth by the President's National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS) by increasing HIV testing and reducing the number of people who become infected, improving access to care and optimizing health outcomes for people living with HIV and working to reduce HIV-related health disparities.

"Partnering with non-traditional organizations will help leverage resources to assist communities most impacted by HIV," comments Dr. Ivy Turnbull, Deputy Executive Director, AIDS Alliance. "National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day allows an opportunity to identify and strengthen these types of collaborations while strategizing to make significant progress."

Visit the NWGHAAD Registration Page to register your event or the NWGHAAD website to download free materials. These resources will help individuals, organizations and communities strive to achieve the NHAS goals as they plan, promote or support National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events in their communities.

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