HIV Prevention Starts with Me: Women and Girls, Ending the HIV Epidemic Together

Content From: Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD, Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Dorothy Fink, M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health, and Director, Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human ServicesPublished: March 10, 20203 min read


Ending HIV Together

Today, March 10th, we observe National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The theme this year is HIV Prevention Starts with Me: Ending the HIV Epidemic Together.

Any woman who is sexually active can get HIV, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation. At the same time, statistics show that African American women have a greater chance of acquiring HIV than their counterparts.

In addition, women face unique challenges when it comes to preventing or living with HIV, as they:

The number of HIV diagnoses among women has declined in recent years; however, in 2018, more than 7,000 women in the U.S. and dependent areas received an HIV diagnosis. These numbers demonstrate that we need to adopt new approaches to reducing HIV rates among women.

The Ending the HIV Epidemic (EHE) initiative is doing just that by addressing the specific needs of the hundreds of thousands of women in the U.S. who are living with HIV or could be exposed to the virus.

Through EHE, we are working to diagnose, prevent, and treat HIV among women:

HIV prevention and treatment are critical to reducing new cases among women and girls. We encourage women and girls–and their partners, friends, and family members who care about them—to learn more about how they can take control of their health to prevent HIV and the related stigma that keeps many from seeking testing, prevention, care, and treatment. By doing so, together we can stop HIV.

To learn more, please take the time to view this important messageExit Disclaimer from Rear Admiral Sylvia Trent-Adams, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health.

Learn about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. To find an HIV testing location near you or find a healthcare provider, visit Find out more about PrEP at and see if you qualify for the Ready, Set, PrEP at