March 10, 2009
March 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.