Monday, March 9, 2015

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

by Caesar Montoya

HIV/AIDS impacts us all. March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Our sisters, daughters, mothers, grandmothers and wives are part of the picture of HIV/AIDS. Fortunately, we live in a time when people have access to treatment and services to support healthy living with HIV. For example, a woman with HIV can have a healthy pregnancy and deliver a child free of HIV. As recent as a decade and a half ago, this was still a challenge.

Many women who contract HIV are not even aware they were at risk. Factors that impact women at risk are partner violence as well as hidden injection drug use by partners. Rather than blame anyone, we are here to build knowledge, confidence, and acceptance in order to empower our women and girls to stay healthy and to help keep others healthy. This is done initially by utilizing today’s tools such as HIV testing and treatment.

In addition, new and promising options for HIV treatment and prevention are now available. Be sure to ask for details about PrEP, Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. This latest HIV medication can be taken by someone who is still HIV negative to help prevent them from contracting HIV from a positive partner. The statistics documenting successful studies are significant.

In celebration of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, let us each do our part and encourage our women to get informed, get tested, and get on treatment. Together, we can build healthier communities.

More information about programs and services

Colorado's The Empowerment Program

Colorado's It Takes a Village

Where is Sisters of Colorado United for Education, from Plaza Aztlan

Colorado's Servicious de la Raza

CDC's National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day's National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
CDC's Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis information

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