Thursday, March 2, 2017

Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Schedule of events:
·         March 8th –  San Antonio Public Library – 6:30pm - 8pm - Guest Speakers will be discussing various topics to bring awareness of the continuing need to prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS among women and girls and their partners.  HIV and STD testing will be available as well as information tables with resources and giveaways.
·         March 9th –  San Antonio College – 9am - 2pm
·         March 10th –  Martinez Street Women’s Center – 10am - 2pm
·         March 10th –  El Hot Spot Cafe – 10am - 2pm
·         March 10th –  Laurel Heights Pharmacy – 1pm - 2pm

Every year on March 10 community organizations come together to offer support and hope, reduce stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, share information, and empower women and girls to learn about the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, care, and treatment.  Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. Addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV/AIDS-free generation.

-Women account for 1 in 4 of those living with HIV in the United States who are 13 years or older, in particular, women of African American and Hispanic descent are disproportionately affected in all stages of HIV.
-Woman account for 19% of the estimated new HIV infections in the United States
-Of the total number of estimated new HIV infections among women, 62% were in African Americans, 18% were in whites, and 16% were in Hispanic/Latina women
-Most new HIV infections in women are from heterosexual contact (87%)
-Not all US women who are living with HIV are getting the care they need, an estimated 88% of women who are living with HIV are diagnosed
-Only 45% of women are engaged in care
-Only 32% of women have the virus under control

Hopefully, the enthusiasm of prevention providers and health educators along with the information provided will continue to motivate women to get tested, to know their status, to help prevent the spread of HIV, and to encourage health and well-being.