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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011

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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2011

Did you know that every 35 minutes a woman is diagnosed with HIV in the United States (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)?

Historically, HIV/AIDS has affected more men than women, but that is quickly changing. From the first time HIV was reported in the early 1980's, there has been an increase in the number of women who have become infected. Today, about one in four Americans living with HIV is a woman.

Have you been tested?

For 2011, National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD) is observed on March 10th. This year marks the sixth observance of NWGHAAD. The purpose of this day is for raising awareness of the escalating impact of HIV/AIDS on females. This national observance day is lead by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Officeon Women's Health initiative.

The Red Pump Project

The Red Pump Project raises awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, one red pump at a time. You can enter the contest by telling why you think the issue of HIV/AIDS is a concern for women here.

HIV testing locations in Western New York:

New York State Department of Health

http://www.health.state.ny.us/diseases/aids/testing/directory/anonct.htm

Planned Parenthood

http://www.plannedparenthood.org/ppwny/index.htm

Niagara County:

Lockport STD TestingServices

770 Davison Road, Lockport - (877) 879-0934

Lewiston STD TestingServices

755 Center Street, Lewiston - (877) 879-0933

North Tonawanda STD TestingServices

1089 Kinkead Avenue, North Tonawanda - (877) 804-2592

Niagara County Sexually Transmitted Disease Clinic http://www.niagaracounty.com/Health/Nu_transmitted.asp

Erie County:

Buffalo Non-Profit HIV/STD Testing

(866) 671-1657

Hamburg STD TestingServices

(877) 693-1272

Tonawanda Non-Profit HIV/STD Testing

(866) 671-1568

Orchard Park STD TestingServices

(877) 804-2594

Hambum Non-Profit HIV/STD Testing

(866) 896-7871

West Seneca STD TestingServices

(877) 248-7554 -

Lancaster STD TestingServices

(877) 879-0933 -

Other counties: http://www.stdtestingservices.com/

For more information:

http://www.aids.gov/awareness-days/

http://www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/ (for posters, fact sheets, and more)

http://www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/events/(to find and post events)

http://redpumpproject.tumblr.com/submit Check out the Red Pump Project

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