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We value the voices of women and girls of all ages who are affected by HIV/AIDS. March 10, 2015, marks the Office on Women’s Health's (OWH) 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This year, we will collect stories to be featured on this website and other social media channels.

We invite women and girls living with HIV/AIDS, those who have been touched by HIV/AIDS, and health care providers to share your experience with HIV/AIDS and your views on the importance of care and treatment. Email your personal story or video (no longer than three minutes) to womenshealth@hhs.gov. We welcome stories in English and Spanish. Use the subject line: NWGHAAD Voices. If you choose to send a video, just provide a link to your YouTube video. If needed, OWH will contact you for additional information.

You can remain anonymous or submit a story using a different name. Stories may be shared on Womenshealth.gov, OWH social media channels, and in other NWGHAAD materials. We hope these stories will reach and encourage thousands of women and girls who are affected by HIV/AIDS.

We may not include stories from everyone who submits a story or video. We invite you to stay updated on NWGHAAD by signing up for our email updates.

El próximo año marca la décima observancia del Día Nacional de Concientización Sobre el VIH/SIDA en las Mujeres y Niñas (NWGHAAD, por las siglas en inglés). Queremos saber cómo el VIH/SIDA te ha afectado.

Invitamos a las mujeres y niñas, así como a los proveedores de salud, que viven o están afectados por el VIH/SIDA a hablar de sus experiencias sobre la importancia de la atención médica y el tratamiento. Las historias podrán ser compartidas en nuestro sitio web o mediante las redes sociales.

Aquí te decimos cómo participar:

  • Envía un correo electrónico con tu historia o un enlace al video en YouTube (de tres minutos o menos) a womenshealth@hhs.gov. Usa NWGHAAD Voces en la línea de asunto del correo electrónico. Puede que OWH te contacte para obtener más información. Puedes permanecer en el anonimato o presentar una historia con un nombre diferente al tuyo. Las historias o videos pueden ser en inglés o español.
  • Envía esta página a otras personas que puedan estar interesadas en participar.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance that sheds light on the disease's impact on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, thousands of people, advocacy organizations, and local and state public health officials host events and share facts about HIV/AIDS. You are invited to:

HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Of those people, one in four (25%) is a woman 13 or older. Approximately 27,000 women have HIV but do not know they have the disease. Together we can:

  • Encourage women and girls to get tested and know their status
  • Help decrease the number of women who are HIV-positive
  • Increase awareness of safe practices to prevent HIV infection
  • Help people become aware of the levels of care and treatment

Read what Nancy C. Lee, M.D., Director, Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has to say about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in her blog and Dear Colleague letterPDF Icon.

Content last updated February 4, 2014.

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