For Immediate Release
March 9, 2009

KDHE Office of Communications, 785-296-0461

MEDIA ADVISORY: Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day is March 10

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. The 2009 theme is “HIV is Right Here at Home.” Communities and organizations across the U.S. will sponsor programs on or around this date to call attention to the ever-rising numbers of women diagnosed with HIV and seek solutions to reduce the spread of the virus.  Citizens are encouraged to get educated, get tested, get treated and get involved with HIV/AIDS as it continues to devastate communities. 

In 2005, women represented 26 percent of new AIDS diagnoses in the U.S., compared to only 11 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 1990. Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact and injection drug use. Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS. AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.

Initiatives planned in recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day in Kansas includes: