National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Posted on March 19, 2015 by Philadelphia FIGHT March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. In 2013, one out of five new HIV infection diagnoses were among women and girls over the age of 13. HIV/AIDS remains a significant health issue for women and girls, who comprised 23% of the people living with HIV in the United States in 2011. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African American and Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. The rate of HIV infection among African American women remains the highest among all women – 19 times that of white women, and 4 times that of Latina women. There have been encouraging trends about HIV among women: The rate of HIV diagnoses among adult and adolescent women decreased from 8.3 per 100,000 in 2009 to 6.9 per 100,000 in 2013, due in part to a 21% reduction in the number of HIV infections among African American women from 2008 through 2010. Here are resources, including many freely available fact sheets, that you can use to learn about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and girls. IN THE AIDS LIBRARY Here are some titles we have in the Library (for more titles, search our catalog here) BOOKS A Place Called Self: Women, Sobriety, and Radical Transformation, Stephanie Brown, Yvonne PearsonA Woman’s Guide to Living with HIV Infection, Rebecca Clark; Jill Hayes Hammer; Robert MaupinBaking Cakes in Kigali, Gaile ParkinDoes Your House Have Lions?, Sonia SanchezHealth First!: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide, Hilary Beard; Eleanor Hinton HoytHey, Shorty!: A Guide to Combating Sexual Harassment and Violence in Public Schools and on the Streets, Girls for Gender Equality, Joanne Smith; Mandy Van Deven; Megan HuppuchOur Bodies, Ourselves: a New Edition for a New Era, Boston Women’s Health Book CollectivePositive/Negative: Women of Color and HIV/AIDS: a Collection of Plays, Imani Harrington; Chyrell BellamyPush, SapphireRedefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More, Janet MockSistahfaith : Real Stories of Pain, Truth, and Triumph, Marilynn GriffithSurviving HIV/AIDS in the Inner City: How Resourceful Latinas Beat the Odds,The Black Women’s Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves, Evelyn WhiteThe Kid, SapphireThe Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and HIV Positive, Marvelyn Brown; Courtney MartinThe Secret: Love, Marriage, and HIV, Jennifer HirschWhipping Girl: A Transsexual Woman on Sexism and the Scapegoating of Femininity, Julia SerranoWomen’s Experiences with HIV/AIDS: Mending Fractured Selves, Desiree CiamborneYes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power & a World Without Rape, Jaclyn Friedman; Jessica Valenti DVDs 3 NeedlesBorn in FlamesFor Colored GirlsGiaGirl PositiveHoliday HeartLife SupportRentYesterday THE BASICS For a brief introduction to this issue, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States For a longer introduction, see: MedlinePlus’ HIV/AIDS in Women The Body’s HIV/AIDS Resource Center for WomenNam Aidsmap’s HIV & WomenThe Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Women and Girl HIV/AIDS Awareness Day For statistical introductions, see: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s webpage on HIV among Women – for basic factsheets, podcasts, and other resourcesNew Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center’s Women and HIV SPECIFIC ISSUES For considerations of HIV/AIDS and pregnancy/reproductive justice, see: HIV/AIDS and Pregnancy, a comprehensive resource including factsheets, videos, and links to additional resources by Medline PlusHIV and Gynecological Care, factsheets with information including HIV and menstrual cramps, yeast infections, cervical cancer, cervical dysplasia, pelvic inflammatory disease, and Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)HIV and Pregnancy, a report by the American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsPregnancy and Childbirth, by AIDS.govPregnancy and HIV, by New Mexico AIDS Education and Training CenterPreventing Mother-to-Child Transmission of HIV after Birth, a factsheet by AIDSinfoReproductive Justice and HIV, a factsheet by the Positive Women’s Network-USAUnspoken: Sexuality, Romance, and Reproductive Freedom for Women Living with HIV in the United States, a report by Positive Women’s Network-USA For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Women, see: Black* Women and HIV/AIDS: Findings from Southeast Regional Consumer and Provider Focus Group Interviews, an issue brief by the National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS DirectorsRyan White Providers Address HIV/AIDS among African American Women, a report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services AdministrationWomen and HIV/AIDS, review this page by Avert featuring information about HIV/AIDS among African American womenTransgender People and HIV/AIDS, review this page by Avert featuring information about HIV/AIDS among African American transgender women For additional resources, contact the AIDS Library of Philadelphia FIGHT.