National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
March 10, 2010
March 10 is the fifth annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). NWGHAAD is a nationwide initiative coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office on Women's Health (OWH) to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
According to the latest surveillance data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in the 53 areas with confidential name-based reporting, females accounted for 23% of reported cases of HIV infection in 2007. From 2004 through 2007, the estimated number of newly diagnosed HIV/AIDS cases increased approximately 8% among females.
Each year, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR) develops a Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research. The 2010 Plan includes the following areas for HIV-related research focused on women and girls:
1. Studies to determine how HIV is transmitted in women and girls
2. Research to develop effective biomedical prevention interventions for females including vaccines and microbicides
3. Research to develop behavioral interventions that address female-specific dynamics related to HIV transmission and progression
4. Studies of the biology of HIV disease in women and girls
5. Research to identify the best treatment strategies for females
6. Research on the biological, psychological, social, and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS on women and girls
7. Studies on the factors that influence women and girls’ access to and experience of HIV-related research and services
8. Research, training, and education on HIV-related ethical issues affecting women and girls
The theme of the 2010 observance day is "Every 35 minutes a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States. It's time to get tested.” Organizations across the country are encouraged to celebrate NWGHAAD by educating women and girls about HIV prevention, the importance of testing, and how those infected with HIV can lead healthy lives.
AIDSinfo provides the following links to help you learn more about NWGHAAD and find information on HIV treatment, research, and prevention, including information specific to women and girls. Also included on this page are links to related information from AIDSinfo.
Information for Women and Girls for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office on Women's Health (OWH), National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web Page
2010 Statement by Anthony S. Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH), on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web Page
CDC National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Podcast
AIDS.gov National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Web Page
HIV/AIDS and Women: Portal to information on HIV/AIDS and women, from CDC
Women's Health Resources—HIV/AIDS: A variety of links to information and resources pertaining to HIV/AIDS for women and girls, from the National Library of Medicine
Women and HIV/AIDS: Information on HIV/AIDS for women, including young women, women older than 50, and African-American women. Online resources for women living with HIV/AIDS, from the Office of Women’s Health.
HIV/AIDS-Related Research for Women and Girls
FY 2010 Trans-NIH Plan for HIV-Related Research: Comprehensive plan for all NIH HIV-related research for 2010. Chapter 5 of the plan focuses on research related to specific populations, including women and girls and Chapter 2 focuses on microbicides research, from OAR, NIH.
Clinical Trials about HIV/AIDS: Studies seeking volunteers to participate in clinical research, from ClinicalTrials.gov
Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission (PMTCT): Information and clinical trials pertaining to this important area of HIV-prevention research focused on women.
Microbicides: Information and clinical trials related to this key area of HIV-prevention research focused on women.
Published Literature about HIV and Women: Research results published in the last year pertaining to HIV and women, from PubMed.gov
HIV Infection in Women: Information on women-focused HIV research, from NIAID
Women and HIV/AIDS Research and Clinical Trials: A summary of research involving HIV/AIDS and women and girls, from the Office on Women’s Health