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White House Office Hours: Combatting the Spread of HIV/AIDS Among Women and Girls

There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than 290,000 women.  Black and Hispanic  women account for nearly three-quarters of new HIV infections among women.  In July 2010, President Obama launched the first National HIV/AIDS Strategy to provide a coordinated national response to fight the epidemic.

Last week, as part of these ongoing efforts, President Obama issued a presidential memorandum establishing an inter-agency working group on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women and girls, and gender-related health disparities.

On Wednesday, the co-chairs of the working group, Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and Dr. Grant Colfax, the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, will join us for a special session of office hours on Twitter to take your questions on the intersection of HIV/AIDS, violence against women, and gender-related health disparities and the importance of supporting continued research, mobilizing both the public- and private-sector, and engaging families and communities.

To learn more about the working group read the presidential memorandum and don’t forget to ask your questions during office hours on Wednesday.

Here are the details:

  • Join us for Office Hours on Twitter at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 4th
  • Ask your question on Twitter with the hashtag #WHChat
  • Lynn Rosenthal, the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women and Dr. Grant Colfax, the Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy, will respond to your questions in real-time via Twitter from @WHLive
  • Follow the Q&A through the @WHLive Twitter account
  • If you miss the live event, the full session will be posted on WhiteHouse.gov and Storify.com/WhiteHouse

We hope you can join us! Follow us on Twitter @WhiteHouseand @WHLive  for the latest updates and more chances to engage.

Comments

  1. Layla Kinlan says:

    Lots of kudos to President Obama for issuing the memorandum and establishing this inter-agency group. It is a shame there is such a disparity in gender-related health issues that exist.

  2. There are “1.2 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States, including more than 290,000 women,” so let’s have a…special day for the women! Right. Completely ignore the 910,000 men and boys then. Amazing.

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