March 10, 2013 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

 Baltimore, MD (March 8, 2013) – The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) joins the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health, and local and national community organizations in observing National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10. This year’s theme is “Share Knowledge, Take Action.”
About 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. In 2011, Maryland ranked third in the nation for the rate of new HIV diagnoses. Of 30,132 Marylanders diagnosed and reported to be living with HIV/AIDS as of December 31, 2010, 36 percent were women and girls.

"We encourage Marylanders to Share Knowledge, Take Action and get tested for HIV,” said Michelle Spencer, DHMH Prevention and Health Promotion Administration Director. “There are a number of evidence based educational programs available, such as free, confidential, HIV testing; reporting and partner notifications and HIV medication and treatment programs. We encourage residents to increase their knowledge about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls.”

DHMH staff will share information about HIV/AIDS at the following events at Morgan State University and Johns Hopkins University:

• Intersections of Sexuality, Gender, Race, and Ethnicity Symposium (sponsored by the Morgan State University Women and Gender Studies Program); Saturday, March 9, at Morgan State University Student Center, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, Maryland, from 9 am to 5 pm.; For more information, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

• Graying of HIV Conference (sponsored by The Johns Hopkins Local Performance Site of the Pennsylvania/MidAtlantic AIDS Education and Training Center, The Johns Hopkins Geriatric Center Consortium, and The Health Resources & Services Administration), Monday, March 11, The Conference Center at Sheppard Pratt, 6501 North Charles Street, Baltimore, Maryland, 8 am to 4:30 pm. Registration for the public is closed.

For information about HIV education, testing, treatment and support services in Maryland, please call 410-767-5132, or visit http://ideha.dhmh.maryland.gov.


 

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