National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Thursday, March 9, 2017
Posted by: DCMS
Florida Department of Health in Duval County
celebrates National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS awareness Day
Jacksonville, Fla. — In recognition of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, 2017, the Department of Health in Duval County (DOH-Duval), encourages women and teenage girls to learn about the risks of HIV/AIDS and take action to protect their health, including getting tested for HIV.
"Raising public awareness of HIV is critical to ensuring that people take action to protect themselves against the disease," Dr. Kelli Wells, Director of DOH-Duval said. "This annual observance is a reminder that women are at risk of contracting HIV and should learn about prevention, testing, and treatment."
HIV remains a significant health issue for women and adolescent girls, with more than 280,000 women living with HIV in the United States. In 2014, an estimated 8,328 women aged 13 and older were diagnosed with HIV. The majority of these diagnoses can be attributed to heterosexual sex.
Black/African American and Hispanic/Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. Among all US women in 2014, Black women accounted for 62% of new HIV diagnoses but only 13% of the female population. Hispanic/Latina women accounted for 16% of new diagnoses but only 15% of the female population. Whites accounted for 18% of new diagnoses and 64% of the female population.
In Duval County:
Ø In 2015, there were 72 AIDS cases in females (all age groups) in Duval County (rate: 15.5 cases per 100,000 population)
Ø In 2015, there were 74 HIV cases in females (all age groups) in Duval County (rate: 16 cases per 100,000 population)
Ø In 2015, there were 13 HIV/AIDS deaths among females (all age groups) in Duval County (rate: 2.8 per 100,000 population)
Ø In 2013, 49% of women (age 18+) in Duval County reported ever being tested for HIV
Please join Dr. Wells and the DOH-Duval Team on March 10, 2017 for National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Health Fair & Spoken Word Showcase. This Showcase will promote the importance of testing and maintaining an healthy lifestyle through behavior choices and changes. The event will be held from 12:00pm until 2:00pm at the Edward Waters College Student Union Building, 1658 Kings Road Jacksonville, Florida 32209.
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