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One in four people in the United States living with HIV is a woman.1
More than 230,000 women and girls in the United States are HIV-positive.2
Only half of sexually active female high school students used a condom the last time they had sex.3
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an annual, nationwide observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health (OWH) leads National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, federal, national, and community organizations come together to show support for women and girls impacted by HIV and AIDS. This year marks the 12th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Today, one in four people living with HIV in the United States is a woman 13 or older.1 About half of women living with HIV are in care, and only four in 10 have the virus under control.1 Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. Addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV- and AIDS-free generation.
Prevention is also critical to achieving an HIV- and AIDS-free generation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
These groups face serious prevention challenges related to low rates of testing, low condom use, and high rates of sexually transmitted infections.
With this year's theme, "The Best Defense is a Good Offense," OWH wants to empower women and girls to protect their sexual health, engage in healthy relationships, and put their best defense into play. Whether you’re dating or are in a committed relationship, you can take these simple, effective steps to help prevent HIV infection for you and your partner:
Any individual or organization can observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. OWH invites public and private organizations at the local, state, and national levels to participate.
You can plan a National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day walk or an HIV testing event; spread the word on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr about the day; use the hashtags #NWGHAAD and #BestDefense on social media; and get inspired by our ambassadors. You can also share our infocards on Pinterest. Use these materials to get started.
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Page last updated: February 28, 2017.
Content last reviewed: January 03, 2017.