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March 10, 2008 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Picture of a womanHIV and AIDS were originally thought to affect mostly gay men. However, women have always been affected too. And even though more men than women have HIV, women are catching up. In fact, if new HIV infections continue at their current rate worldwide, women with HIV may soon outnumber men with HIV.

The good news is that many women with HIV are living longer and stronger lives. With proper care and treatment, many women can continue to take care of themselves and others.

In some respects HIV and AIDS affect women in almost the same way they affect men. For example,

  • Women of color (especially African American women) are the hardest hit.
  • Younger women are more likely than older women to get HIV.
  • AIDS is a common killer, second only to cancer and heart disease for women.

How are women getting HIV?

The most common ways are (in order)

  1. having sex with a man who has HIV
  2. sharing injection drug works (needles, syringes, etc.) used by someone with HIV
Last Modified: June 28, 2007
Last Reviewed: June 28, 2007
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