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2013 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Bee Busy, AIDS Foundation Houston, the City of Houston Health Department, HISD, and the Monica Lamb Wellness Foundation teamed up on March 10th to host National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Day Conference will celebrate National Women and Girls HIV Day territory-wide with a series of activities and educational forums later this month.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually on March 10 by the Office of Women’s Health to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.
“We all have a vested interest to ensure the health of our community,” said Darcy Padgett. “HIV is a tough subject to talk about and this is an opportunity to engage women, girls and community leaders in open discussion on the importance of getting tested.”
Every 35 minutes in the United States, a woman tests positive for HIV/AIDS. In Houston and Harris County, one in 90 Houstonians is HIV positive. Women in Houston follow the national trend with infection rates hovering around 20 percent and one in four women living with HIV/AIDS is black. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women aged 25 to 34.
Nationwide, statistics show that a woman tests positive every 45 minutes for HIV and that more women have become infected since the disease was first reported in the early 1980s.Today, one in four Americans living with HIV are women.
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