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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 2016

NWGHAAD 2016

Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States are women 13 or older.

  • One in four people living with HIV infection in the United States are women.
  • One in five Newly Diagnosed individuals are women.
  • By race/ethnicity, black/African American transgender women have the highest percentage of new HIV-positive test results.
  • Most new HIV infections in women are from heterosexual contact (84%).
  • Only about half of women who are diagnosed with HIV are in care.
    • Only 32% of the women in care are virally suppressed.
  • African American and Hispanic/Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
    • 66% are African American women
    • 18% are White/Caucasian women
    • 15% are Latin women
  • Women, especially trans-identified women face unique HIV risks such as:
    • Being unaware of their partner’s sexual behaviors
    • Fear of discussing/advocating for their rights in sexual encounters involving condom use and risk reduction measures
  • Women also face unique challenges that can prevent them from getting HIV care and addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV/AIDS-free generation.

At Callen-Lorde…

  • In 2015, 1,820 women, ages 15-75, had a rapid HIV test at Callen-Lorde, representing 27% of all patients tested for HIV during that year. Of these 1,820 women, 708 were trans-identified (39%) and 1,112 were cis-identified (61%)
  • 35 of these women reported it being their first ever HIV test
  • 9 women were newly diagnosed with HIV, and 8 of them (89%) chose to subsequently link to care at Callen-Lorde
  • Although trans-identified women made up well under half of all women tested at Callen-Lorde in 2015 (39% of the total), they accounted for 100% of all new HIV+ diagnoses among women

 WE CAN DO BETTER.

In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Callen-Lorde will host a series of free empowering and educational events to raise awareness, provide resources, and share support:

10:00am – 5:00pm:

  • Free walk-in HIV testing sessions with our Prevention & Outreach Providers
  • Counseling and education on HIV/STI prevention and treatment strategies
  • Free safer sex materials (condoms, lube, etc.)
  • Information/consultations on nPEP and PrEP, including ways to access these new methods to prevent HIV

6:00PM – 7:30PM:

A screening of the documentary “SHE & HIV”  with an empowerment discussion featuring Prevention and Outreach Providers Linda Li and Nala Toussaint.

Stop by, get involved and spread the word. Together, we are greater than AIDS.

 

Details

Date:
March 10, 2016

Venue

Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
356 West 18th St
New York, NY 10011
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Phone:
(212) 271-7270
Website:
www.callen-lorde.org