Every year on March 10 — and throughout the month of March — local, state, federal, and national organizations come together to shed light on the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls and show support for those at risk of and living with HIV. This year marks the 14th annual observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). There are 235,000 women living with HIV/AIDS in the United States. In 2017, women accounted for 1 in 5 new HIV infections.
We’ve made tremendous progress against HIV and AIDS in the U.S., but women remain vulnerable to infection — especially black or African-American and Hispanic women. Any woman who has sex can get HIV, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. Today, nearly 1 million people are diagnosed with HIVV, and nearly 1 in 4 of them are women.
The 2019 NWGHAAD theme, “HIV Prevention Starts With Me,” emphasizes the role everyone plays in HIV prevention—community organizations, health care professionals, and women and men, including those living with HIV. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, your partner, your family, and your neighbors.