For Immediate Release
March 4, 2011

KDHE Office of Communications
communications@kdheks.gov, 785-296-0461

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is March 10. This awareness day is commemorated by organizations and communities across the United States to call attention to the ever-rising numbers of women and girls diagnosed with HIV each year.

HIV/AIDS deeply impacts women and girls globally, national and local level. Worldwide it is the leading cause of death and disease for women ages 15 to 44. In the United States about one in four people living with HIV today are women, with a new infection occurring among women every 35 minutes. It’s time to take action.

“Most women and girls are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact or injection drug use in our country today,” says Travis Barnhart, HIV Prevention Director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. “The time for procrastination has ended.  It is now more important than ever for females to get wise and get tested for HIV. Getting tested is an important first step in helping to stop this epidemic.” 

Several organizations throughout Kansas will offer events to commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Some of these events include:

For further information about events in Kansas, please contact Travis Barnhart, HIV Prevention Director at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, at 785-296-1037 or tbarnhart@kdheks.gov. You can find out more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day at www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad. Additionally you can find HIV counseling and testing sites near you at www.hivtest.org.