Share knowledge, take action
This Sunday, March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, a day to “Share Knowledge and Take Action,” according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHH).
HIV/AIDS is a serious public health issue for women and girls. In 2010, they made up two-thirds of people who contracted the disease. Also, African-American women and girls continue to be disproportionately affected. Their rate of becoming infected with HIV in 2010 was 20 times that of white women and girls.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is coordinated by the Office on Women’s Health (OWH), within the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The nationwide observance held each March 10 sheds light on the disease’s often overlooked impact on women and girls and empowers people to make a difference.
Every year on this important day, thousands of people, advocacy organizations, and local and state public health officials share the facts about HIV/AIDS and how it affects women and girls. You can help, too! Together, we can educate others, change behaviors, and help shape the future for women and girls.
This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, OWH is encouraging people to “Share Knowledge. Take Action.” To increase promotion of this significant observance, OWH asks everyone to share knowledge and to take action in their communities. You can support National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day by doing one or more of the following:
• Hold your own event or activity and register it on DHH’s website.
• Encourage friends and family members to get tested.
• Get a proclamation issued for continued community support and recognition in the battle against HIV/AIDS among women and girls.
• Publish a blog post in support of the awareness day, or use one of our sample newsletter articles for your organization’s newsletter or group email messages.
Post one of DHH’s pre-developed social media messages on Facebook and LinkedIn. On Twitter, use the hashtag #NWGHAAD and ask your followers to join the conversation as well. You can also update your Facebook cover photo throughout the month of March or update your social media profile pictures with a Twibbon on March 10.
You have the power to educate others, change behaviors, and help shape the future for women and girls.
For more information or to register your event, visit DHH’s website at http://www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad/.
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