About National Women and Girls
HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is an annual, nationwide observance that sheds light on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Every year on March 10, and throughout the month of March, federal, national, and community organizations come together 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. This year marks the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States 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. Addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV/AIDS-free generation.
While there are many milestones in HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, it is important to recognize that the disease affects women all across the country. Some women are living with HIV while working and taking care of families. Other women are caregivers to family members or friends with HIV/AIDS. During National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, we invite everyone to help reduce stigma.
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Information for Girls
HIV/AIDS can be confusing. But you can learn how to stay safe and healthy — and help your friends and family. Here are some great tips for girls:
ONE: Your risk of HIV is based on things you may not know – like your partner's sexual past. Be brave, ask questions, and get tested together.
TWO: Protect yourself by using a condom correctly every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex and avoiding contact with your partner's fluids and blood.
THREE: Need help getting tested? You may be able to get HIV testing and counseling for free (thanks to the Affordable Care Act).
FOUR: Tell your friends and people you love that you care about their health. Share the facts about HIV and why it's so important to use condoms.
FIVE: Help fight stigma by making sure people know you can't get HIV from things like the air, toilet seats, or hugs.
SIX: Avoid using alcohol and drugs. If you use alcohol and drugs, you may be more likely to take risks, like not using a condom.
SEVEN: Never share needles, syringes, or other injection equipment. Sharing these with an infected person can put you at greater risk of infection.
EIGHT: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) like chlamydia raise your risk of getting HIV. One out of four sexually active teenage girls has an STI. If you think you have an STI, see a doctor.
NINE: If you have questions, talk to a parent or other trusted adult. Don't be afraid to be open and honest with them about your concerns.
TEN: If you are HIV positive, you can live a longer, healthier life and help prevent HIV from becoming AIDS. Make sure to eat healthy, take your medicine, and see your doctor.
> For more information, visit the Types of STDs (STIs) page on girlshealth.gov.