National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
is a nationwide observance coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Its goal is to encourage people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls. This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, OWH is partnering with the Greater Than AIDS campaign and asking, “What’s your deciding moment?”
According to Greater Than AIDS, deciding moments are everyday opportunities to take action against HIV, whether it is getting tested, talking with friends and family, using condoms, practicing abstinence, or taking medications as directed.
Why observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue—more than 290,000 women in the United States are living with HIV. While men account for most HIV/AIDS cases, the impact on women and girls with HIV/AIDS is no less severe.
In addition, research shows that women face larger gaps in access and care than men face.
Mama Salone is encouraging all our readers to learn more about HIV/AIDS and share information about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services ~ Office on Women’s Health.