Taking Action for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day: What can you do?


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March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). This annual observance encourages people to take action around HIV and to educate each other about the epidemic’s impact on women and girls. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), “Women and girls of color—especially black women and girls—bear a disproportionately heavy burden of HIV infection. In 2009, for adult and adolescent females, the rate of diagnoses of HIV infection for black females was nearly 20 times as high as the rate for white females and approximately 4 times as high as the rate for Hispanic/Latino females”.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) is the lead organizer for the day and this year’s theme is “Women and Girls Taking Action in the Fight against HIV/AIDS. What can YOU do?” Throughout March, many local organizations in the United States will hold HIV education and testing events. If you want to know what’s happening in your area, we encourage you to check out these event listings. Also, do you have a Twitter account? If so, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NWGHAAD Exit Disclaimer for all of your tweets around this observance.

Are you organizing an event for NWGHAAD? Or looking for a simple way to take action? Posters, graphics, web badges, and e-cards are available on the NWGHAAD resource pages. Now it’s time for you to decide: What can you do?


  1. For National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day our foundation has a three part HIV Webisode titled “Keeping it Real”
    The first one encourages women to be aware of HIV and AIDS and stresses the importance of being tested for HIV.
    The second one highlights important facts that all women should know about HIV and AIDS. Includes questions women should ask partners before becoming sexually active with them.
    The third talks about the importance of knowing your HIV status during pregnancy with an explanation of North Carolina law and HIV testing during pregnancy.

  2. As Founder of Victorious Black Women I would love what service we can offer in support.

    Victorious Black Women work towards liberating, enlightening, and encouraging all people in our community.

    Our mission:

    Victorious Black Women provide collectiveness, empowerment, education, cultural responsiveness, and awareness for unity while eliminating stigma and discrimination throughout California’s African American communities. Victorious Black Women represent the diverseness of those that are of African descent by participating in mental health wellness and recovery.

    Victorious Black Women promote and create culturally responsive peer recovery and supportive services, as well as self- help tools and techniques to meet the overall and complete needs of African American mental health consumers, communities, and family members

    Victorious Black Women proclaim to eliminate mental health disparities, barriers, stigma, and discrimination that greatly influence and affect California African American Communities striving for a barrier free communitythat is free from prejudice and shame

  3. Russell Howland says:

    I live in South Africa and the AIDS epidemic is pandemic. We have woman, men and children dying in tens of hundreds everyday, and the reason why AIDS, despite the millions of dollars spent on educating people in the danger of AIDS and all sexually tranmitted diseases, is so rampant, is because for example, men do not want to use condomns. In SA men are told by witch doctors that if they rape a Virgin they will be cured of AIDS, so you are not only having babies being born with AIDS but now we have a situation in SA of young girls, (anything from 6 months to 10 years) being brutally raped and if not reported the ARV’s are not given and these innocent victims land up with this Disease.

    The youth today need to be taught morals. I was shocked to learn the other day about young girls, as young as 11, who are sexually active, what for? They dont need the complications that sex brings at such an early age, and please dont tell me that a child of 11 or 12 can make up her own mind as to what she can or can not do with her body and life, they are kids for heavens sake lets start treating them as kids and not as adults.

    Give our children morals and maybe we can save the next generation from the horrors of AIDS.

    • Moral and character is a learned behavior this a global behavior in the African culture needs to be address. We example what we are taught in the family structure/ extended family structure beliefs and value are grasp and lived out in evoloving from infant into adult. In the African American culture were married and expected to marry at a young age for security, because that was women duty to have children and labor, yes we have evolved as a people but it’s many of us who have not for so many reasons.

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