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Take Action: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Posted Mar 10 2014 2:00pm

By Nancy C. Lee , M.D., Deputy Assistant Secretary for Health - Women’s Health and the Director of the Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Cross-posted from Office on Women's Health Blog

nwghaad 2014Today is  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day  — a day for action! What are you going to do?

Top 10 Ways You Can Take Action Against HIV/AIDS
  1. Get tested. Many women and girls who are HIV-positive don’t know they have the disease. The only way to know your status is to get tested. Find an  HIV testing site near you . Nervous? Take a friend!
  2. Encourage a friend or family member to get tested, too. It’s easier and more affordable than ever to get tested, thanks to the  Affordable Care Act . Most insurers must cover HIV testing without a copay for sexually active women.
  3. Understand how HIV is spread. Most women get HIV from having sex with a man who is HIV-positive.  But HIV is spread other ways, too.
  4. Seek treatment if you are HIV-positive. Treatment can help people with HIV live longer, healthier lives. It also greatly reduces the chances of passing HIV on to others.  Learn how to live with the disease .
  5. Protect yourself. You can’t tell whether someone is HIV-positive by looking at them. You’re in control of your health. Learn what  steps you can take to protect yourself  from HIV.
  6. Share knowledge. Talk to your friends, family, and others in your life about HIV/AIDS, how it’s spread, and what they can do to prevent it.
  7. Facebook, tweet, pin, and post. Help us reach more women and girls by joining the conversation online. We’ve made it easy for you with our  sample postsinfocards , and  infographic . Ask your friends and followers to get involved, too — and be sure you use the #NWGHAAD   Exit Disclaimer  and #takeaction   Exit Disclaimer hashtags!
  8. Show your support! Update your social media profile pictures with a  Twibbon  today. You can also update your  Facebook cover photo  throughout the month of March.
  9. Find a Meetup in your areaParticipate in activities that promote HIV/AIDS prevention and testing, as well as continuous care for women and girls who have the disease.
  10. Follow us! For the latest news on HIV/AIDS and other important women’s health issues, follow us on  Twitter   Exit Disclaimer  and like us on  Facebook   Exit Disclaimer .

By participating in National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, you will unite with others in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Together we can offer support and hope, reduce the stigma of HIV/AIDS, and empower women and girls to “Share Knowledge. Take Action.” I hope you’ll join us!

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