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Friday, March 03, 2017

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Written by  Bill Redmond-Palmer

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, (NWGHAAD), observed every year on March 10th does just what it says. This year marks the 12th observance and the theme is “The best defense is a good offense.” Recognize the event Friday, March 10th at the Mount Washington Conference Center (5801 Smith Avenue, Baltimore) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Call 443-287-4779 for more info.

The office on women’s health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cite the following statistics.

• Today, one in four people living with HIV in the U.S. is a woman or girl 13 or older.

• About half of the women living with HIV are in care, and only four in ten have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment.

The CDC adds the following:

• HIV remains a significant health issue for women and adolescent girls, with more than 280,000 women living with HIV in the U.S. In 2014, an estimated 8,328 females aged 13 and older were diagnosed with HIV. The majority of these diagnoses can be attributed to heterosexual sex.

African-American and Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Among all U.S. women in 2014:

Black women accounted for 62% of new HIV diagnoses but only 13% of the female population.

Whites accounted for 18% of new diagnoses and 64% of the female population.

Still, from 2005 to 2014, new HIV diagnoses declined 40% among all women and even more (42%) among black women.

For more info, visit Womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/, and Aids.gov/news-and-events/awareness-days/women-and-girls.

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