National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: March 10, 2015
and National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS
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.
- Calendar of NWGHAD events in Minnesota
- Printer-friendly version of this fact sheet (PDF: 53 KB/1 page)
- NWGHAD Poster 2015 (PDF: 7MB/1 page)
- 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
- 1,863 (18%) were female cases
- 380 females have died
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.
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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