This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), the Office on Women’s Health wants everyone to make the best choices when it comes to protecting their health. Abstinence is the best way to avoid HIV, but if you decide to have sex, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and others from HIV.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at the end of 2014, 23% of all people living with HIV in the United States were women. According to CDC, around 12% of women living with HIV do not know that they have the virus.
Compared to women of other races and ethnicities, black women are still disproportionately affected by HIV. According to CDC, nearly two-thirds of women who received an HIV diagnosis in 2016 were black.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide event to emphasize the need for HIV testing and treatment for women. The goals of this event are to raise awareness about the need for all women, especially pregnant women, to be tested and treated for HIV.