Friday March 10th, 2017 marks the 12th year that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Office on Women’s Health will be observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This national recognition day was created to raise awareness of the impact that HIV and AIDS has on our the women and girls of our nation.
In observance of this day and our dedication to taking part in the campaign to help women and girl protect themselves from getting or transmitting HIV we’re sharing some facts and tips about HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention in our communities.
THREE FACTS ABOUT HIV/AIDS & WOMEN
- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately one in four people living with HIV in the United States are women.
- African-American women made up more than 60% of new HIV infections among women in 2015, but are only 14% of the female population in the United States
- Only half of sexually active female students used a condom the last time they had sex.
With this year’s theme, “The Best Defense is a Good Offense”, OWH is empowering women and girls to protect themselves from getting HIV/AIDS and engaging in health relationships. Here a few simple yet, effective ways to practice a good offense:
- Choose less risky sexual behaviors.
- Use condoms consistently and correctly.
- Reduce the number of people you have sex with.
- Talk to your doctor about pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) *If your partner is HIV-positive, encourage your partner to get and stay on HIV treatment.
Join us in spreading the word, encouraging our women and girls, and observing National Women and Girls HIV/Awareness Day.
For more information on this national awareness day please visit WomensHealth.gov.