The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is leading an initiative aimed at reducing new HIV infections by 75% in the next 5 years and 90% in the next 10 years. According to HHS Secretary Alex Azar, that means preventing more than 250,000 new infections over the proposed 10-year timespan.
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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is coming up on March 10. We observe NWGHAAD each year to highlight the impact of HIV and AIDS on U.S. women and girls.
Ed. note: This press release is cross-posted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The original post date was November 28, 2017. Read the original press release.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. The original post date was November 22, 2016. Read the original post.
Since the first World AIDS Day in 1988, we have seen tremendous changes in our collective response to HIV and AIDS — including changes in the way advocates, leaders, people affected by the virus, and others communicate about HIV.
Content warning: Abuse (physical, sexual), rape, sexual assault
April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, a nationally recognized effort to draw attention to the fact that one in five women and one in fifty-nine men (PDF, 4.7 MB) will experience sexual assault in their lifetimes.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. The original post date was March 9, 2016. Read the original post.
People LOVE to say, "Oh she is living with HIV." Correction: HIV is living with me. If I were living with HIV, I would live my life by HIV's terms — and I simply cannot do that. I am a Taurus, a bull, so I am stubborn. I am no different when it comes to my diagnosis. What do I mean when I say that HIV is living with me? HIV is like my roommate. We share an apartment, but I have the master suite.
Ever heard the phrase “The Best Defense Is a Good Offense”? Sure, it's generally a sports phrase, but why can't it apply to sex, too? If you play or ever played sports, you wouldn't dream of getting in the game without the right equipment — cleats, running shoes, helmets, and pads are all essential to staying safe on the field, court, or track. Well, you need “safety gear” for sex, too!
Talking about sex isn't always easy, especially with your kids. It's awkward, but having the talk can help them be smart about sex and relationships. The key to these conversations is accurate information.
Ed. note: This blog is cross-posted from the AIDS.gov blog. The original post date was March 11, 2015.