The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services leads National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (#NWGHAAD).
In the United States, about 23% of people living with HIV are women and, in 2019, women made up 18 percent of new diagnoses. The highest number of new diagnoses were among women ages 25 to 44. Advances in testing, treatment, and prevention have resulted in progress towards the nation’s goal to end the HIV epidemic by 2030.
The theme for NWGHAAD 2023 is: Prevention and Testing at Every Age. Care and Treatment at Every Stage. OWH continues this theme to reemphasize the need to further prevention efforts and ensure equity in HIV care and treatment. It also reinforces the first 3 goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy (NHAS), that focus on the prevention of new HIV infections, improving HIV-related health outcomes of people living with HIV, and reducing HIV-related disparities. NWGHAAD focuses efforts on three of the target populations outlined in the NHAS; Black women, transgender women, and youth aged 13-24 years.
The HHS OWH and the Office of Infectious Disease and HIV/AIDS Policy (OIDP) will be hosting a virtual summit focusing on federal efforts, clinical perspectives, and community efforts to address the HIV epidemic on March 15, 2023 from 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Please register here.
The uniqueness of the summit is that it will align National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in one conversation. Participants will include subject matter experts and HIV champions from OASH (OWH, OIDP), CDC, IHS, and HRSA. Potential community participants include Advocates for Youth and the Black Women’s Working Group to Reframe Risk.
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