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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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The purpose of this annual day is to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encourage women and girls to take Action. HIV/AIDS among women and girls is not just an international problem — it affects women right here in the United States. In addition, the number of U.S. women and girls living with HIV is on the rise. In the mid 1980s, less than 15 percent of new HIV infections in the United States were among women and girls ages 13 years and older; by 2006, it was about 27 percent. In fact, if new HIV infections continue at their current rate worldwide, women with HIV may soon outnumber men with HIV.

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