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Issue No. 10 | March 6, 2012

News and Features

Join AIDSinfo in Observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 2012, marks the seventh annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day that serves to increase the awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2008, an estimated 25% of adults and adolescents living with HIV infection were female. When compared to women of other races and ethnicities, black and Hispanic/Latina women are disproportionately affected at all stages of HIV infection. In 2009, the rate of new HIV infections among black women was 15 times that of white women, and it was more than 3 times the rate among Hispanic/Latina women. Deaths attributed to HIV among women of color are disproportionately high: from 2000 to 2007, HIV infection was among the top 10 leading causes of death for black females 10 to 54 years old and for Hispanic/Latina females 15 to 54 years old.

For information and resources about HIV/AIDS and women and girls, visit the AIDSinfo webpage highlighting National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day [en español].

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