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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: Prevention is a Collective Effort
Posted: March 12, 2018
The following post was written by Nicole Greene, the Acting Director Office on Women's Health and shared on the Office of Women's Health website.
We have seen tremendous improvements in HIV treatment and prevention over the past few decades. While we want to celebrate this progress, we also need to discuss how it can lead people to falsely believe that HIV is no longer a serious health issue. People across the country — including women — continue to get and transmit HIV regardless of age, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. In the United States, about one quarter of people living with HIV are women, and in 2016, women accounted for 1 in 5 HIV diagnoses.
My message is simple: HIV is still a very real problem, but it is preventable.
On March 10, we observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to shed light on the impact HIV and AIDS have on women and girls. It’s also a time to remember that every single one of us has a role to play in HIV prevention — women, men, health professionals, those who are HIV-negative, and those who are HIV-positive. There are simple steps we can take to protect ourselves, our partners, and our patients from HIV infection and transmission. Here’s how:
If you’re HIV-negative:
If you’re HIV-positive:
If you’re a health care professional:
I hope you joined us this National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — and will continue beyond — by taking steps to protect yourself and the people you love. We need you, because we all have a role to play in preventing HIV. Visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad to get more ideas on what you can do to stop HIV and AIDS.
Learn more on WomensHealth.gov.