Tuesday, March 10, marks National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). This year is the 10th observance of the annual event, sponsored by the Office on Women’s Health, which is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

According to the NWGHAAD site, “about one in four people living with HIV in the United States are women 13 or older. Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only 4 in 10 of them have the virus under control. Women face unique HIV risks and challenges that can prevent them from getting needed care and treatment. Addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV/AIDS-free generation.”

To that end, several organizations plan events and awareness campaigns around NWGHAAD. Similarly, Positive Women’s Network-USA (PWN-USA) offers a roundup of actions and first-person accounts.

And several POZ Bloggers have posted items related to women and HIV. Rachel Moats makes her POZ debut talking about the financial crisis facing Christie’s Place, a San Diego AIDS service organization that caters to women. Suzan Stirling-Meredith recalls the first time she heard the word AIDS. Trenton Straube highlights the Red Pump Project and its related #RockTheRedPump social media campaign. And Rae Lewis-Thorton revisits her much-commented-on post “Death Pussy.”

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