National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day started on March 10, 2005. This day highlights the impact HIV and AIDS has on women and girls, and ongoing efforts to reduce HIV and AIDS among women and girls in the United States.
HIV and AIDS is a leading cause of death among women of reproductive age and the leading cause of death in women and adolescent girls aged 15-49 years globally (see Women and HIV [PDF] from UNAIDS). In 2019, it was estimated that 19% of new HIV diagnoses were among women living in the United States and its dependent areas (CDC). Black/African American women are disproportionately affected by HIV compared to women of other races and ethnicities. In 2019, Black/African American women accounted for 54% of new HIV cases among women. One in 10 U.S. women have HIV and are unaware they are infected. It is important to get tested for HIV to know your status. Women who do not know they have HIV cannot get the treatment and care they need to stay healthy.
The theme for 2023 is “Prevention and testing at every age. Care and treatment at every stage." The focus is on two goals: prevention of new HIV infections and improving HIV-related health outcomes of people living with HIV. Browse the links on this page to learn more about this annual observance and to find HIV and AIDS-related information specific to women and girls. For more information about the disparities in HIV, see our page on the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.
The U.S. Government observes the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health.
National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day Webpages
NIH Research Related to HIV and AIDS in Women and Girls
- NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research (FY 2021—2025), from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of AIDS Research (OAR). The Plan describes NIH research priorities to prevent, treat, and eventually cure HIV and AIDS. The NIH research agenda includes research specific to HIV in women.
- Clinical Trials Related to HIV/AIDS and Females: Research studies related to HIV/AIDS and women and girls, from ClinicalTrials.gov. Call ClinicalInfo at 1-800-448-0440 for assistance with your clinical trial search.
Current Research Related to HIV/AIDS and Women and Girls
- Research within the past year, from PubMed.gov.
- Research within the past ten years, from the Education Resources Information Center (ERIC).
Additional Information and Resources
From HIVinfo, Fact Sheets:
- HIV and Women.
- Preventing Perinatal Transmission of HIV.
- HIV Medicines During Pregnancy and Childbirth.
- Preventing Perinatal Transmission of HIV After Birth.
From HIVinfo, HIV Source:
- Specific Populations: HIV and Women.