Saturday is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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March 10, 2012, marks the 7th annual observation of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), following on the heels of International Women's Day on March 8.

Nearly 300,000 women are living with HIV in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2009 an estimated 23% of adults and adolescents living with HIV were female. Black and Latina/Hispanic women are disproportionately affected; in 2009 the rate of new HIV infections among black women was 15 times higher than that of white women and more than 3 times that of Latina women.

Like similar awareness days recognized by U.S. public health agencies, NWGHAAD is an opportunity to call attention to the HIV epidemic among women and girls and to disseminate information about relevant resources.

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Source

AIDSinfo. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day web site. http://aidsinfo.nih.gov/education-materials/hiv-aids-awareness-days/149/national-women-and-girls-hiv-aids-awareness-day