Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Women
Michelle Lopez Alora Gale Precious Jackson Nina Martinez Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga Loreen Willenberg  
Michelle Alora Precious Nina Gracia Loreen  
U.S. News

Maryland: State Observes Women's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 8, 2011

Ahead of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 10, state health officials on Saturday participated in a gathering of state agencies and health and community groups in Baltimore. The second annual conference, targeting public school students and their parents, included workshops and activities related to body image, sexual health, HIV/AIDS, relationships and communication.

Advertisement

Of Maryland's new female HIV diagnoses in people over age 13 in 2008, the most common exposure categories were heterosexual sex (76.6 percent) and injection drug use (23.4 percent), state data show. The majority of women with HIV/AIDS were ages 30-49.

"The proportion of new HIV diagnoses among women in Maryland has more than doubled from 15 percent in 1985 to 35.3 percent in 2008," said Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, secretary of the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. "It is critical to advance strategies that help all women, young and old, to protect themselves."

Organizations involved in the conference included the health department's Infectious Disease and Environmental Health Administration, Sisters Together and Reaching, Baltimore City Public School System, Maryland State Department of Education, Head Start, LIGHT Health and Wellness, and the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

For more about HIV education, testing, treatment, and support services and local National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day events, telephone 410-767-5132 or visit http://eh.dhmh.md.gov/ideah. For events across the nation, visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/index.cfm.

Back to other news for March 2011

Adapted from:
Baltimore Sun
03.04.2011; Meredith Cohn


This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
See Also
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

No comments have been made.
 

Add Your Comment:
(Please note: Your name and comment will be public, and may even show up in
Internet search results. Be careful when providing personal information! Before
adding your comment, please read TheBody.com's Comment Policy.)

Your Name:


Your Location:

(ex: San Francisco, CA)

Your Comment:

Characters remaining:



Copyright © 2007-2014 Remedy Health Media, LLC. All rights reserved.
Advertisement
See Also
Newly Diagnosed? Words of Encouragement from HIV-Positive Women
What Did You Expect While You Were Expecting?
HIV Tools You Can Use