This is the theme for this year’s National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), which takes place annually on March 10th. It is a day for women and girls to come together nationwide to educate each other, support one another in personal fights against this illness, and take action together.
HIV is the world’s leading infectious killer, currently affecting about 34 million people worldwide, and 1 million people in the US alone. According to aids.gov, every 9.5 minutes someone in the US is infected with HIV. This epidemic has hit especially hard on some groups in the United States. For starters, more new HIV infections occur among young people ages 13-29 than any other age group. Additionally, it is now reported that more than 25% of Americans living with HIV are women.
NWGHAAD is organized by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, specifically the Office on Women’s Health (OWH). The goal of this day is to encourage people all across the country to be proactive in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.
So now the question is, what can you do to join in this movement and be active in the fight against HIV/AIDS? The good news is there is many things you can do, and the best place to start is with educating yourself. As simple as it may be, knowing risk factors, causes, and prevention techniques can make a huge difference, and a very easy place to begin.
We will help you get started by providing you with 5 risk factors that all women and girls should know:
- Having unprotected sex.
- Experiencing sexual abuse.
- Injecting drugs and abusing any kind of drugs or alcohol.
- Having another sexually transmitted infection (STI).
- Not having access to good health care.
It is quite easy to learn more about this disease, especially on a day like today, which is all about education and awareness. So grab your friends and family, and do what you can to be a part of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and support women and girls around the world who are fighting for their health everyday.
- Find high school events in your area or online.
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