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National HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Focuses on Increasing Number of New HIV/AIDS Cases Among Girls, Women

March 10, 2006

The first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which takes place today, will focus on the increasing number of new HIV/AIDS cases among girls and women, according to a statement by Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Reuters reports. According to Reuters, 46% of HIV-positive adults worldwide in 2005 were women, and in the U.S. black, Latino and younger women were disproportionately affected by the pandemic (Reuters, 3/9). "To stop the disturbing trend of an increasingly female HIV/AIDS pandemic, we need new ways of thinking," Fauci said (NIAID release, 3/8). Fauci suggested an increase in gender-based HIV/AIDS education, adding that more women should participate in clinical trials aimed at understanding how gender affects the transmission of and complications related to the virus (Reuters, 3/9). Julie Scofield, executive director of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, said, "We have an obligation to respond to the growing needs for HIV/AIDS prevention services and education among women and girls in this country, particularly women of color" (NASTAD release, 3/9).

Online The Kaiser Family Foundation last week released an updated fact sheet, Women and HIV/AIDS in the U.S. Fact Sheet, which provides the latest data and trends over time of the HIV/AIDS epidemic's impact on women in the U.S.

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Reprinted with permission from kaisernetwork.org. You can view the entire Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report, search the archives, or sign up for email delivery at www.kaisernetwork.org/dailyreports/hiv. The Kaiser Daily HIV/AIDS Report is published for kaisernetwork.org, a free service of the Kaiser Family Foundation, by The Advisory Board Company. © 2006 by The Advisory Board Company and Kaiser Family Foundation. All rights reserved.



  
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