Currently, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States are women ages 13 and older. Of these, roughly half of the women living with HIV are in care, and only 4 in 10 have the virus under control.
On March 10, we observe an annual nationwide event called National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day to talk, and raise awareness about, the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls throughout the country, especially older women who face increasing risk of HIV.
While many milestones have been achieved in terms of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment, there are still too many women in the U.S. who are affected by the disease. They are mothers, sisters, teammates, colleagues, caregivers, and friends. There are also many women who don’t have HIV or AIDS, but carry the burden of the disease as a caregiver and provider for a loved one.
We need to shed light on their stories and experiences so we can reduce the stigma and encourage our communities and families to take action, whether it’s getting informed, getting tested, or spreading the word to others.
Use your social networks to get involved
- Share this video with advice from Latina older adults:
- Post a picture wearing red with the hashtag #Redon10
- Tweet about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day with the hashtag #NWGHAAD
CDC’s One Conversation campaign (English)
CDC’s One Conversation campaign (Spanish)
NWGHAAD website (Spanish)