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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

March 10, 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


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.



March 10, 2016


Callen-Lorde Community Health Center
356 West 18th St
New York, NY 10011
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(212) 271-7270
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