Celebrate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is gearing up for events around the nation for the 7th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) on March 10.
NWGHAAD was started in 2004 by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH) to “help organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.”
The Centers for Disease Control estimates that in 2007, women aged 13 and older accounted for a quarter of all HIV diagnoses and in 2008 it was estimated that nearly 280,000 women in the United States had contracted the disease.
In Atlanta, Georgia State University has organized a program to feature testimonies from women personally impacted by HIV/AIDS, self esteem building workshops and performances to raise awareness and encourage women to get tested.
To find out more information about the day and to find events that are being held near you, visit http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad.
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