National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10, 2014

March 10, 2014 marks the ninth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS has had on women and girls and to encourage women and girls to take action.

Women and girls can take action against HIV/AIDS by getting tested, practicing safer sex, avoiding drug use and sharing needles, talking about HIV prevention with family, friends and colleagues, empowering oneself and confronting stigma, and providing support to those living with HIV. The Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has declared the theme for NWGHAAD 2014 as: “Share Knowledge. Take Action.”

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How Organizations Can Participate
HIV/AIDS Facts for Minnesota
For More Information

How Organizations Can Participate

Organizations may wish to provide or host activities that can help raise awareness about HIV/AIDS among women and girls within their communities, neighborhoods and schools:

  • Work with local health service or clinic to provide free walk-in HIV tests
  • Hold a forum or set-up a display at a local school, youth center, women’s health club, community center, health fair, sports tournament, place of worship or other location reaching women
  • Develop a news release about NWGHAAD and send to local media (radio, newspaper, cable TV) to provide coverage or do interviews on behalf of the observance
  • Post information and links about the observance on your agency’s web site, newsletter or listserv
  • Post social media messages on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages using the hashtag #NWGHAAD. Invite followers to use the hashtag to join the conversation
  • Publish a blog post about the observance
  • Create awareness within your office through posters, T-shirts, red ribbons, displays, presentations and email announcements

HIV/AIDS Facts For Minnesota

Total Cases

As of 12/31/12, a total of 10,112 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began. Of the 10,112 cases, 3,459 have died. Among the cumulative number of reported cases:
  •  1,789 (18%) were female cases  
  •  363 females have died

Living Cases
There is an estimated 7,516 that are currently living with HIV in Minnesota. Of this total:

  • 1,745 (23%) were among females (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
  • Among the female cases: 560 (32%) were African; 506 (29%) African American; 438 (25%) White; 111 (7%) Latina; 57 (3%) American Indian; 40 (2%) Asian Pacific Islander; and, 33 (2%) other
  • Among the female cases, 73% were among heterosexuals, 9% injecting drug users (IDU), 3% perinatal, 7% no interview, 8% unspecified, and 1% other

2012 Diagnosed Cases
315 new HIV cases were reported in 2012. Of these cases:

  • 60 (19%) cases were among females
  • Among the female cases, 37% were African-born, 28% African American, 18% white, 7% Latina, 5% American Indian, 2% other. There were no cases among Asians.

Minnesota surveillance reports are available.

For More Information

Office on Women's Health Department of Health and Human Services
200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 712E
Washington, DC 20201
(202) 690-7650
(202) 205-2631 FAX
Contact: Valerie Borden Attention: Non-MDH link

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Updated Thursday, June 05, 2014 at 02:11PM