The women in your life are hopefully precious individuals to you. While they may never be directly affected by HIV or AIDS it is an ongoing health issue that plagues the United States and other countries around the world. As a result, women and the men who love them are coming together to mark the annual National Women & Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day in the second week of March.
CDC Statistics On HIV/AIDS In Females
The statistics on HIV and AIDS in females, as reported by the CDC, show that the disease is affecting a growing number every year.
- As of 2013, of U.S. women who are at least 13 years old, more than 280,000 of them have HIV
- In 2015 7,402 women in the U.S. received HIV diagnoses
- Between 2010 and 2014 HIV diagnoses in U.S. women dropped by 20%
- Of all the women living with HIV, 88% have been diagnosed with it, yet only 32% of them are successfully managing their illness. This means that only four out of 10 females with the disease have it under control.
Facts About National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services teamed up with the Office on Women’s Health to create a day to educate women and girls on HIV and AIDS risks. The day is observed in communities throughout all 50 states of America and receives support from local health organizations.
The goals of this national day include letting women and girls know that there is no shame in being tested for HIV if they have been put at risk. Thanks to this national day of awareness, women, and girls who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS can receive medical and counseling services in their community. Among the goals of this day of awareness, perhaps the most important is to teach girls and women what they can do to prevent becoming infected by HIV.
Social Media Promotions
In order to better promote awareness of this day on social media, people are encouraged to post using the hashtag #WomenGirlsHIVAIDSAwarenessDay. The more people who do this, the better it is for the cause and for the millions of women and girls who are currently living with HIV or AIDS.
Throughout the country, a growing number of health departments are using any social media resource at their disposal to get the word out to girls and women. Social media is increasingly being used to educate them about HIV and AIDS as well as provide them with outlets where they can seek information and support.
General Federations of Women’s Clubs
General Federations of Women’s Clubs, a group of community service volunteers, are backing this national day of awareness. Their support of the cause includes encouraging people to use their own social media accounts to share information that may help end the stigma society has placed on those with HIV and AIDS.
Federal Office Of Women’s Health
The Federal Office of Women’s Health helped to coordinate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Backed by The Aids Institute, the goal of this office is to do its part to help spread awareness of the ways in which HIV and AIDS can affect the health of females. Their focus is on helping girls and women learn to prevent contracting this disease. By working with other organizations they are giving females increased access to the resources they need in order to fight HIV and AIDS.
Through the use of social media and community activism, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is both educating and informing the general public. This yearly observance of a major health issue is one that is meant to provide strength for those suffering from the disease.