HIV/AIDS: In Their Own Words

Content From: Nancy C. Lee, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Women's Health and Director, Office on Women's HealthPublished: March 16, 20152 min read


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Editor's Note: March 10 was the 10th annual commemoration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. We continue to share messages and resources to highlight the impact of the epidemic on women and girls. Today, about 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States are women. Each woman touched by HIV/AIDS needs our support and our understanding. They need family, friends, and treatment. And they need us to listen to their stories.

This year we mark the 10th observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) by listening to women whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS. Through the simple act of sharing their stories, these women embody the very heart of NWGHAAD: They offer support and hope, reduce stigma, share information, and empower women and girls to learn the importance of HIV/AIDS prevention, testing, and treatment.

Meet Acintia, Elizabeth, and Rachel. I am inspired by them, and by all of the women who shared their stories with us.
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Join them in the fight against HIV/AIDS! Here's how you can participate:The more we shine a light on the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, the less stigma there will be for those affected now and in future generations. Let's raise our voices in support of women and girls.