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HIV Prevention Starts With Me!

by womenshealth.gov category: Health

“This NWGHAAD, say “HIV prevention starts with me!” Get tested, know your risk, & learn about PrEP and PEP. http://thndr.me/ngeqV8

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This campaign ended on March 10, 2018 at 12PM

HIV Prevention Starts With Me!

This National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health wants to combat the misperception some people may have that HIV is no longer a serious health issue. The truth is that even with advances in treatment and prevention over time, HIV and AIDS are still widespread public health issues, and women remain vulnerable to infection. Today, 1.1 million people in the U.S. are living with HIV — and nearly a quarter (23%) of them are women.

The theme for NWGHAAD 2018 is HIV Prevention Starts With Me, because every single one of us — women, men, community organizations, health care professionals, those who are HIV-negative, and those who are HIV-positive — has a role to play in HIV prevention. There are steps you can take to protect yourself, your partner, your patients, family, and friends from HIV infection:

  • Know your risk for HIV.
  • Get an HIV test. To find a location, visit gettested.cdc.gov.
  • If you are HIV-negative and have an HIV-positive partner, talk to a doctor about taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).
  • If you are HIV-positive, talk to your doctor about ways to stay healthy, and take your medication as prescribed to achieve and maintain an undetectable viral load.
  • If you think you may have been exposed to HIV, visit a doctor right away. The doctor may decide that you should get post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP).
  • If you are a health care professional, you should know the current screening guidelines, talk to all of your patients about their risk, and encourage HIV-positive patients to adhere to treatment.

Join the Thunderclap and say “HIV prevention starts with me” on March 10!

To find out more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, visit www.womenshealth.gov/nwghaad.


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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health (OWH) has been leading the nation’s charge for women’s and girls’ health by enacting policies, programs, and educational initiatives. OWH works to improve the health of all women and girls. The Office observes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day every year on March 10.

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