About National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Every year on March 10 — and throughout the month of March — local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to shed light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls and show support for those at risk of and living with HIV. This year marks the 15th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD).

We've made tremendous progress against HIV and AIDS in the U.S., but women remain vulnerable to infection — especially black or African-American and Hispanic women. Any woman who has sex can get HIV, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Today, nearly 1 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with HIV, and nearly 1 in 4 of them are women.

The 2020 NWGHAAD theme, "HIV Prevention Starts With Me: Ending the HIV Epidemic Together,"  emphasizes the role everyone plays in HIV prevention—community organizations, health care professionals, and women and men, including those living with HIV. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, your partner, your family, and your neighbors.

To learn more, visit What every woman needs to know about HIV, What every girl needs to know about HIV, or the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day fact sheet.

What can you do on March 10?

  • Talk about HIV and AIDS in your community and online using these NWGHAAD materials and resources.
  • Show your support for women and girls affected by HIV and AIDS on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or Tumblr; and use the hashtag #NWGHAAD. You can also update your Facebook profile picture with our NWGHAAD 2020 frame.