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National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today, March 10, is National Women And Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day — a day to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. In 1990, women only made up 11 percent of new AIDS cases, but by 2005, that number had more than doubled to 26 percent. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for black women ages 25-to-34. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact, so it’s imperative that women and adolescent girls learn the HIV status of their male partners and get tested regularly. When a woman knows her HIV status, she can make informed decisions regarding childbearing and can take steps to prevent spreading the infection. Women who aren’t directly affected by HIV/AIDS tend to forget that there’s an epidemic, but this disease can affect anyone. Instead of turning a blind eye, take action by getting tested, practicing safe sex all the time, not engaging in risky behavior, discussing HIV prevention with others (especially grandparents), and supporting those living with HIV/AIDS. [HIV/AIDS Awareness Days]

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