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March 10 Is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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Sunday is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), an annual opportunity to call attention to the burden of HIV and AIDS among women and girls worldwide.

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), women and adolescent girls (aged 13 and older) accounted for 21% of the nearly 50,000 new HIV diagnoses in the U.S. in 2011. The CDC estimates that just over 279,000 women and girls were living with HIV at the end of 2009 -- including 15% who are not aware they are infected.

Black women continue to account for a disproportionate number of HIV/AIDS cases among women -- with an HIV incidence rate 20 times that of white women -- but here the CDC reported some good news: infections within this group fell by 21% during the most recent reporting period.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2013. March 4, 2013.

 

NC Lee. Dear Colleague Letter about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. February 20, 2013.