National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) -- March 10, 2009
February 17, 2009
NWGHAAD will be celebrated on March 10, 2009, but we encourage you to hold events throughout the month of March.
HIV/AIDS among women and girls is not just an international problem -- it affects women right here in the United States. In addition, the number of U.S. women and girls living with HIV is on the rise. In the mid 1980s, less than 15 percent of new HIV infections in the United States were among women and girls ages 13 years and older; by 2006, it was about 27 percent.
By holding NWGHAAD events and helping OWH celebrate the initiative, we can bring attention to the impact of this disease and encourage women to get tested regularly and know their status. We can also let women know that despite being infected, they can live life to the fullest.
There are a variety of ways to celebrate NWGHAAD. Hold a screening event or health fair, work with your local government official to issue a proclamation declaring March 10 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in your community, or work with local media to create awareness and cultivate stories about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
This article was provided by U.S. Public Health Service's Office on Women's Health.