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Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Each year, March 10 is set aside to observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. All of us at Healthyblackmen.org salute the women and girls everywhere who bravely live with HIV/AIDS, are a caregiver of someone with HIV/AIDS, or who work to bring an end to this awful disease.
The purpose of this day is to recognize the impact of HIV on women and girls and encourage action to reduce the burden of HIV/AIDS among women and girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), at the end of 2010, 1 in 4 people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the United States were women.
The following statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) underscore the impact of HIV/AIDS on women:
- At the end of 2010, 1 in 4 people living with a diagnosis of HIV infection in the United States were women.
- Compared with women of other races/ethnicities, black/African-American women and Hispanic/Latina women are disproportionately affected by HIV infection. Of the total number of new HIV infections among women in the United States in 2010, 64% occurred in blacks/African Americans, 18% were in whites, and 15% were in Hispanics/Latinas.