National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Foundation Ambassadors Janice McCall (right) and Josephine Nabukenya at the 2012 UCLA Dance Marathon.


This week, news broke around the world that an American HIV-positive infant has been cured of the virus for the first time. The timing of this news couldn’t be better, as organizations across the country prepare to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a day to encourage people across the country to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of the impact on women and girls. This year's theme is "Share Knowledge. Take Action."

For women and girls in the United States, HIV/AIDS continues to be a threat. It is estimated that one in four Americans living with HIV are women. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health, nearly 280,000 women are living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. And more specifically, women of color accounted for 64 percent of new AIDS diagnosis among women in 2010.

But HIV/AIDS isn’t a news story; it’s a daily struggle for millions of people around the world. The stories of the women and girls who are leading the charge towards the end of HIV and the beginning of an AIDS-free generation deserve careful and considerate attention. This month, we’ll be sharing the successes and challenges faced by women and girls living with HIV from around the world, and offering perspectives from women across the HIV/AIDS space.

This month, let’s pay tribute to the women who are fighting to eliminate HIV, and look forward to the end of AIDS.

For more information about HIV and AIDS and its impact on women, check out the Office on Women's Health HIV/AIDS resource page. For some ideas for observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, check out this PDF provided by the Office of Women's Health.

Evan Von Leer is a Online Communication Officer at the Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.