The 15th annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) will be observed on Tuesday, March 10. The main purpose of NWGHAAD is to raise awareness of the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. The theme for NWGHAAD 2020 is: “HIV Prevention Starts with Me: Ending the HIV epidemic together.”
To help you and your patients or clients mark this day, we have compiled an annotated list of online resources focusing on HIV/AIDS among women and girls in the U.S.
Fact Sheets and Reports on Women and HIV
HIV Among Women. This two-page CDC fact sheet, updated in 2019, presents information about trends in diagnoses among women in the U.S., with breakdowns by transmission group and race/ethnicity. It also discusses the various factors that can place women at risk for HIV infection and the steps CDC is taking to address the needs of women affected by HIV.
Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States. Although now somewhat dated, this four-page fact sheet from the Kaiser Family Foundation provides excellent summary information on the impact of HIV/AIDS on U.S. women. The fact sheet includes: a snapshot of the epidemic, a review of key trends and recent cases, information on reproductive health and HIV transmission specific to women, HIV testing, access to prevention and care, and women’s opinions about HIV/AIDS.
HIV Among Pregnant Women, Infants, and Children. This CDC fact sheet, undated in 2019, includes information about trends in mother-to-child transmission of HIV, why pregnant women and their babies are at risk for infection, strategies for preventing transmission, and steps CDC is taking to address perinatal transmission.
Diagnoses of HIV Infection in the United States and Dependent Areas, 2018 (Preliminary). This 129-page CDC report includes detailed information about HIV and AIDS cases and deaths in the U.S., including breakdowns by gender, race/ethnicity, transmission category, age, and geographic region.
Women and HIV: A Spotlight on Adolescent Girls and Young Women: This 2019 report from UNAIDS discusses U.N. goals for addressing HIV in adolescent girls and young women; the epidemiology of HIV in this population group; the reasons, including gender-based violence, why adolescent girls and young women globally have a disproportionally high risk of HIV infection; access to HIV services; and the healthcare, reproductive, and HIV-specific needs of girls and women throughout their life cycle.
Women and Girls, HIV and AIDS. This is a global overview of HIV/AIDS among women from Avert.org. Topics covered include: the factors that place some women and girls at high risk for becoming infected with HIV; HIV counseling, testing, and antiretroviral treatment among women and girls; efforts to reduce mother-to-child transmission of HIV; and HIV prevention programs focusing on women and girls. This document also includes more than 125 citations with hyperlinks to source research papers and reports.
Selected Web Sites and Organizations Focusing on Women and HIV
Both HIV.gov and the HHS Office of Women’s Health have established web pages for NWGHAAD. The HIV.gov page has links to an event planning guide, tips on using social media to promote NWGHAAD events, an HIV testing and services locator, NWGHAAD-related graphics, and ideas for people to get involved in commemorating NWGHAAD. The Office of Women’s Health page has information about HIV in women and girls, an NWGHAAD fact sheet, ideas for observing the day, and a social media toolkit.
The Well Project: This web site focuses on HIV prevention, treatment, and wellness among women living with, or at risk for, HIV infection. The Well Project has also established an active online community of women with HIV. “One of our primary goals . . . is to create and sustain a secure, supportive, and trusted space we all share,” according to the website. Toward this end, The Well Project has established the A Girl Like Me program – an online blog where women and girls can share their experiences and promote understanding of HIV.
Women Organized to Respond to Life-Threatening Diseases (WORLD): The mission of WORLD is to improve “the lives and health of women, girls, families, and communities affected by HIV through peer-based education, wellness services, advocacy, and leadership development . . . We envision a world where women, girls, and families affected by HIV and AIDS have the tools, support and knowledge to live healthy and productive lives with dignity.”
HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Women – This page on TheBody.com website includes news articles, features, personal stories, interviews, opinion pieces, and press releases about women and HIV. Topics cover a wide range including HIV testing, living with HIV, love and relationships, disclosure, sexuality, contraception, social support, and education.
#Women – This page from the Poz website has a similar scope and focus to TheBody.com’s Resource Center described above, with a combination of health news articles, personal stories, and features by and about women with HIV.