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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


March 10, 2009



logoMarch 10, 2009, is the fourth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  The theme for the 2009 Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is "Know Your Status. Get Tested. HIV is Right Here at Home." This day is a nationwide initiative coordinated by the Office on Women's Health, to raise awareness among women and girls about HIV/AIDS, to stress the importance of knowing their HIV status, and to promote healthy behaviors that reduce the risk of HIV infection.

The HIV/AIDS epidemic has grown into a formidable health threat to women in the United States, particularly young women and women of color. According to the CDC's 2007 Surveillance Report of Cases of HIV Infection and AIDS in the United States, females accounted for 27% of estimanted new HIV infections. In 2007, of all estimated cases of AIDS in American women, African-American women and Hispanic women, had higher rates (per 100,000) of AIDS (39.8 and 8.9 respectively) compared to White women (1.8) and the total population (7.5).

The following links are resources related to National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, including information on HIV/AIDS in women and girls, HIV prevention, and clinical trials as well as AIDSinfo resources. We hope you will find this page helpful in your efforts to educate, motivate, and mobilize your community in the fight against HIV/AIDS.


National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Sites

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web site: In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services created this Web site featuring downloadable materials including posters and a fact sheet.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Press Release: Statement by Anthony S. Fauci, MD, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Office on Women's Health (OWH) National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web site: Information includes testing and resources and ways to become involved.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web site: This page highlights the importance of awareness and taking action in preventing HIV/AIDS as well as providing links to additional resources and information.


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AIDSinfo Resources

AIDSinfo HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Information: Database of clinical trials designed to help patients and health care providers locate trials studying HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Drug Information: Database of fact sheets on HIV/AIDS-related drugs.

AIDSinfo Glossary of HIV/AIDS-Related Terms: Comprehensive glossary of HIV/AIDS terminology.

HIV/AIDS Fact Sheets: Fact sheets and booklets that supplement the HIV/AIDS treatment guidelines and are written in plain language.

HIV During Pregnancy: Series of fact sheets for women who are HIV positive and have questions about pregnancy.

HIV and Pregnancy: Fact sheet that discusses treatment to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

HIV/AIDS Information for Women: Collection of online resources about women and HIV/AIDS.

HIV/AIDS Vaccine Information: Provides links to HIV vaccine clinical trials as well as fact sheets about therapeutic and preventive HIV vaccines.


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HIV/AIDS in Women and Girls

HIV/AIDS Among Women:  A fact sheet from the CDC discussing risk factors, socioeconomic issues, and prevention of HIV/AIDS in women. 

FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research - Women and Girls: Comprehensive plan for HIV-related research across all of the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2010. This section of the plan focuses on research in women and girls. Developed by the Office of AIDS Research.

Clinical Care of Women with HIV/AIDS: Guide to clinical care of women with HIV/AIDS from the HIV/AIDS Bureau of the Health Resources and Services Administration.

Communities at Risk - Women: Online resources concerning prevention and living with HIV/AIDS for women. Presented by the CDC's National Prevention Information Network.

Women and HIV/AIDS: Information and online resources about HIV/AIDS from WomensHealth.gov.

Women over 50 and HIV/AIDS: Information and online resources about the specific risks of and health problems with HIV/AIDS in women over 50 from WomensHealth.gov.

HIV/AIDS Clinical Trials Recruiting Women: List of HIV/AIDS clinical trials that are recruiting women from ClinicalTrials.gov.


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HIV Prevention Information and Research

FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for HIV-related research across all of the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2010. Developed by the Office of AIDS Research.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - HIV/AIDS among Women: Statistics and risk factors for HIV infection of women. Presented by the CDC.

HIV/AIDS Prevention Fact Sheet: Fact Sheet on prevention of HIV transmission from WomensHealth.gov.

HIV Prevention Clinical Trials: List of clinical trials researching methods to prevent HIV infection/transmission. 


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Microbicides

Microbicides are substances that prevent infection by bacteria and viruses, including HIV. One advantage of microbicides is that they could provide an HIV-prevention method that can be controlled by women.

FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research - Microbicides: Comprehensive plan for HIV-related research across all of the National Institutes of Health for fiscal year 2010. The Microbicides section of the plan is included in Chapter 2: Prevention Research. Developed by the Office of AIDS Research.

Investigational Microbicides: List of fact sheets on microbicides that are being studied to prevent the transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Topical Microbicides - Preventing Sexually Transmitted Diseases: Information on past, ongoing, and future microbicide research from the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases.


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General Health Information for Women and Girls

National Women's Health Information Center: Health information Web site from Womenshealth.gov.

Office of Research on Women's Health: Women's health research at the NIH. 


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