March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)

Every year on this day — 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).

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 in the U.S. are diagnosed with HIV, and nearly 1 in 4 of them are women.

For more information, visit https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/about.

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