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National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

Posted by gansie on March 10, 2009

Note from YWCA

March 10 is National Women and Girls
HIV and AIDS Awareness Day
Take Action!

Help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS among women and girls.

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HIV and AIDS are having a devastating impact on women and girls across the United States—particularly among young women and women of color. Women are now 27% of people diagnosed with AIDS, up from 8% two decades ago. More than 6 in 10 new HIV infections among women were among those aged 13-39. Together, Black and Latina women make up 82% of all women with AIDS in the U.S.

Won’t you join the YWCA in working to reduce and prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS among women and girls?

What you can do:

·ywca_logo Learn how HIV can be prevented: Educate yourself and others about HIV and AIDS, understanding both the realities and myths about how the virus is transmitted. Learn the most effective ways of protecting yourself and your partner, as well as ways to reduce your risks of contracting the virus. Take time to talk about prevention practices with your partner before having sex. Helpful information about HIV and AIDS and how to prevent it can be found at www.womenshealth.gov/hiv.

· Get tested for HIV and talk to others about HIV testing: For every five Americans who are HIV-positive, one of them doesn’t know it because she/he has never been tested. Set an example for others by getting tested. Help make HIV testing a routine health practice as the CDC recommends. Find a testing site near you at www.hivtest.org.

· Work to end stigma and discrimination: HIV-related stigma creates an environment where people avoid talking about it, taking steps to prevent it, getting tested, seeking care, or disclosing their HIV status to others. It also leads to practices and polices that discriminate against people with HIV and AIDS. Speak out. Confront stigma and oppose all forms of discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS.

You can make a difference. Change begins with you.

Sincerely,
Lorraine Cole, PhD
CEO, YWCA USA

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