Rock The Red Pump: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)
Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:43 AM Thursday, March 10, 2011
Today I am participating in Rock the Red Pump. I don't have HIV or AIDS, but my youngest daughter has HIV. I am affected by the disease, so today I have choosen to be serious and post this blog.
Rock the Red Pump represents the strength and courage of women fighting HIV/AIDS or affected by the disease both directly and indirectly.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is a health crisis for women and girls around the world.
In 2007, more than a quarter of diagnoses of HIV infection in the United States were among women and girls aged 13 years and older. The numbers are unsettling: More than 278,000 women and adolescent girls in this country are living with HIV; and almost 94,000 American women and girls with AIDS have died since the epidemic began. Women and girls of color—especially black women and girls—bear a disproportionately heavy burden of HIV/AIDS. In 2007, for female adults and adolescents, the rate of HIV/AIDS diagnoses for black females was nearly 20 times as high as the rate for white females and nearly 4 times as high as the rate for Hispanic/Latino females. Relatively few cases were diagnosed among Asian, American Indian/Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander females, although the rates for these groups were higher than the rate for white females.
CDC estimates that 1 in five people living with HIV infection in the United States do not know they are infected. Getting tested for HIV is the first step to protecting yourself and others. Knowing your own HIV status and that of your male sexual partners is critical because 80% of new HIV infections in American women and girls result from sex with an infected male partner. Early diagnosis of HIV allows for counseling and prompt treatment. HIV treatment prolongs life and reduces the risk of further HIV transmission. If you are a pregnant woman, it is especially important that you get tested early to help ensure, that if you are HIV-positive, you do not transmit the virus to your unborn child. Information from CDC website.
My youngest daughter contracted HIV by having unprotected sex. HIV is not a disease to take lying down. When one person is infected then 1000 people are affected. Today wherever you go, be aware, take care and don't share...