National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that in 2018, 22% of all people living with HIV in the United States were women. According to CDC, 1 in 9 U.S. women living with HIV are unaware they are infected. Compared to women of other races and ethnicities, Black/African American women are disproportionately affected by HIV. According to CDC, in 2018, Black/African American women accounted for 57% of HIV cases among women.
The National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, which started on March 10, 2005, is a nationwide event to highlight the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls, as well as ongoing efforts to reduce HIV and AIDS among women and girls in the United States. If you think you may have HIV, get tested as soon as possible. Women who do not know they have HIV cannot get the care and treatment they need to stay healthy. The theme for 2022 is “Prevention and testing at every age. Care and treatment at every stage.” 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.
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 year, 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.
From the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA):