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2021 National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (March 10)

The 16th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) will be observed on Wednesday, March 10.  The main purpose of NWGHAAD is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, spark conversations, and highlight the work being done to reduce HIV among women and girls in the U.S. while showing support for those with HIV. 

To help you and your patients or clients mark this day, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among women and girls in the U.S.
 

Fact Sheets, Infographics, and Reports

HIV and Women. This CDC fact sheet, updated in 2020, presents information about trends in diagnoses among women in the U.S., with breakdowns by transmission group and race/ethnicity.  It also discusses the various factors that can place women at risk for HIV infection and the steps CDC is taking to address the needs of women affected by HIV. Also available in Spanish. 

HIV and Women – This HIVinfo fact sheet in question-and-answer format provides information on how HIV affects women, factors that put women at risk for HIV, and the ways that birth control and pregnancy may affect women’s HIV treatment options. Also available in Spanish. 

Women and HIV in the United States.  This four-page fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides excellent summary information on the impact of HIV on U.S. women.  The fact sheet includes: a snapshot of the epidemic; a review of key trends and recent cases, with breakdowns by age and race/ethnicity; information on reproductive health and HIV transmission specific to women; intimate partner violence and HIV; and HIV testing, care, and treatment among women. 

HIV Among Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children.  This CDC fact sheet, updated in 2020, includes information about trends in mother-to-child transmission of HIV, why pregnant women and their babies are at risk for infection, and steps CDC is taking to address perinatal transmission. 

Infographics on Women, Girls, and HIV (CDC and AIDSVu):

Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (updated) (CDC) – This 119-page report presents detailed information about new HIV diagnoses, deaths, and prevalence among women. Breakdowns are also provided by age, race/ethnicity, transmission category, and geographic region. The report includes a Special Focus Profile that highlights HIV trends and distribution in women.  Many tables in the report include data breakdowns by gender. 

Women and HIV: A Spotlight on Adolescent Girls and Young Women: This 2019 report from UNAIDS discusses U.N. goals for addressing HIV in adolescent girls and young women; the epidemiology of HIV in this population group; the reasons, including gender-based violence, why adolescent girls and young women globally have a disproportionately high risk of HIV infection; access to HIV services; and the healthcare, reproductive, and HIV-specific needs of girls and women throughout their life cycle. 

Women and Girls, HIV and AIDS.  This is a global overview of HIV/AIDS among women from Avert.org.  Topics covered include: the factors that place some women and girls at high risk for becoming infected with HIV; HIV counseling, testing, and antiretroviral treatment among women and girls; efforts to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and HIV prevention programs focusing on women and girls. This document also includes more than 125 citations with hyperlinks to source research papers and reports.

 

Selected Web Sites and Organizations

Both HIV.gov and the HHS Office of Women’s Health have established web pages for NWGHAAD. The HIV.gov page has links to an event planning guide, tips on using social media to promote NWGHAAD events, an HIV testing and services locator, NWGHAAD-related graphics, and ideas for people to get involved in commemorating NWGHAAD.  The Office of Women’s Health page has information about HIV in women and girls, an NWGHAAD fact sheet, ideas for observing the day, and a social media toolkit. 

The Well Project: This web site focuses on HIV prevention, treatment, and wellness among women living with, or at risk for, HIV infection. The Well Project has also established an active online community of women with HIV, which includes the A Girl Like Me blog where women and girls can share their experiences and promote understanding of HIV. 

Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD): The mission of WORLD is to improve “the lives and health of women, girls, families, and communities affected by HIV through peer-based education, wellness services, advocacy, and leadership development . . . We envision a world where women, girls, and families affected by HIV and AIDS have the tools, support, and knowledge to live healthy and productive lives with dignity.” 

HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Women – This page on TheBody.com website includes news articles, features, personal stories, interviews, and opinion pieces about women and HIV. Topics cover a wide range including HIV prevention, living with HIV, love and relationships, sexuality, contraception, and pregnancy, and advocacy.