National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10, 2015

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March 10, 2015 marks the tenth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), to offer support and hope, reduce stigma, share information, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.

Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the U.S. are women 13 or older. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only four in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. The Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is the national sponsor of NWGHAAD 2015.

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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, salon 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 12/31/13, a total of 10,409 HIV and AIDS cases have been reported to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) since the epidemic began. Of the 10,409 cases, 3,558 have died. Among the cumulative number of reported cases:
  •  1,863 (18%) were female cases  
  •  380 females have died

Living Cases

There is an estimated 7,723 that are currently living with HIV in Minnesota. Of this total:

  • 1,815 (24%) were among females (includes those who have relocated to Minnesota)
  • Among the female cases: 589 (32%) were African; 516 (28%) African American; 454 (25%) White; 117 (6%) Latina; 56 (3%) American Indian; 42 (2%) Asian Pacific Islander; and, 41 (2%) other
  • Among the female cases, 82% were among heterosexuals, 9% injecting drug users (IDU), 3% perinatal, 2% no interview, 4% unspecified, and less than 1% other

2013 Diagnosed Cases
301 new HIV cases were reported in 2013. Of these cases:

  • 73 (24%) cases were among females
  • Among the female cases, 45% were African-born, 23% white, 21% African American, 5% Latina, 1% American Indian, and 4% 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; (800) 994-9662

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Updated Thursday, April 02, 2015 at 02:03PM