March 10 marks National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, an annual, nationwide observance to raise awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS has on women and girls. This year, we are asking individuals and organizations across the country, "What can YOU do?" and encouraging them to take action.
Bringing attention to HIV/AIDS in women and girls is particularly important. Women account for an estimated 27 percent of new HIV infections in the United States each year and 25 percent of those living with HIV. Many women do not know they are infected.
So far, more than 200 organizations are participating in this annual observance by hosting educational, awareness and testing events at the community level.
This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, I challenge everyone to take action against HIV/AIDS. Understand how it impacts women and girls, get tested, know your status, learn how to protect yourself, and spread the word to your family and friends.
To learn more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and to see how organizations are joining OWH in taking action, visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad.
Also, to learn about the White House National HIV/AIDS Strategy and Implementation Plan, visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/onap/nhas/.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health.