National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day started on March 10, 2005. This day highlights the impact HIV and AIDS has on women and girls, and ongoing efforts to reduce HIV and AIDS among women and girls in the United States.
HIV and AIDS is a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and the leading cause of death in women and adolescent girls aged 15-49 years globally (see Women and HIV [PDF] from UNAIDS). In 2019, it was estimated that 19% of new HIV diagnoses were among women living in the United States and its dependent areas (CDC). Black/African American women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to women of other races and ethnicities. In 2019, Black/African American women accounted for 54% of new HIV cases among women. One in 10 U.S. women have HIV and are unaware they are infected. It is important to get tested for HIV to know your status. Women who do not know they have HIV cannot get the treatment and care they need to stay healthy.
The U.S. Government observes the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.