It’s almost National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! March 10 marks the day of every year that organizations, on a local, state, federal and national level, spread awareness on the impact that HIV and AIDS have on women and girls while also showing support for those at risk of and living with it. HIV is the virus that causes HIV infection. It stands for human immunodeficiency virus AIDS is the most advanced stage of HIV infection. HIV is spread through contact with the blood, semen, pre-seminal fluid, rectal fluids, vaginal fluids, or breast milk of a person with HIV. HIV is spread predominantly by having anal or vaginal sex or sharing injection drug equipment, such as needles, with a person who has HIV.
Even with the years of progress that we’ve made in HIV and AIDS, women continue to be vulnerable to infection, especially black or African-American and Hispanic women. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), around 12% of women living with HIV do not know that they have the virus.
Do you know anyone with HIV/AIDS? This is the time to continue to help them by spreading awareness. Let’s take part in National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! To learn more about HIV/AIDS, please follow Black Girl Health on Instagram and our blog. If you would like to be a vendor the Black Girl Health Kickstart Expo, visit our website. Tickets are now on sale for the Black Girl Health Kickstart Health & Wellness Expo, visit here to purchase.