National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, sponsored by the Office of Women’s Health of the Department of Health and Human Services, is observed on March 10. The goals of this event are to raise awareness about the need for all women, especially pregnant women, to be tested and treated for HIV.
HIV remains an important health issue for women and adolescent girls, who comprise nearly one quarter of all people living with HIV in the United States. African American/black women and Hispanic women/Latinas continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
In 2014, more than 8,000 women aged 13 and older were diagnosed with HIV. More than 6 in 10 of these women are black. But there is good news, too. We are seeing progress in HIV prevention among women. From 2005 to 2014, annual diagnoses declined 40% among all women, 42% among black women, 35% among Latinas, and 30% among white women.
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