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Monday, March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWAGHAAD) is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV and raises awareness of its impact on women and girls.
In New York City:
- 1 out of every 5 new HIV cases is among women and girls
- By the end of 2012, black and Latina women accounted for more than 91% of all new HIV cases among women
- Women of all races and ethnicities can get HIV, but risks of HIV may be higher in some communities.
- The only way to know your HIV status is to Get Tested!
NYC Health community partners are holding numerous NWAGHAAD testing and educational events this week. Check out events in your area, call 311 or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 for your nearest testing location!
Saturday, March 8
12-4pm: BOOM! Health will be at The Point, 940 Garrison Ave., Bronx, NY 10474
“Secrets of Our Daughters: The VOICE Within Speaks.” This event will address the problems minority women and girls face in the Bronx community related to HIV.
Free HIV testing will also be provided.
Sunday, March 9
10am-3pm: Bridging Access to Care will be at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church - 760 Dekalb Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11217
Free HIV testing will be provided.
Monday, March 10
10am-4:30pm: Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Inc. - 290 Lenox Ave., Lower Level, New York, NY 10027
Free HIV/STI/Hepatitis testing will be provided.
1-5pm: Voces Latinas will be along Roosevelt Avenue between 78th St. and 90th St, Queens, NY 11372
Voces Latinas will provide free information in Spanish focusing on HIV and women, demonstrations of the female condom, and free HIV testing.
Thursday, March 13
6-8pm: Robert Fulton Terrace Council in collaboration with National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS of NYC, Uptown Health Link and BOOM! Health will be at 530 East 169th St., Bronx, NY 10456
“Teen Talk, That’s What’s Up! A Real Conversation about Sex and your Health.” Free HIV testing will also be provided.
Sunday, March 15
10am-3pm: Bridging Access to Care will be at Berean Baptist Church 1635 Bergen St., Brooklyn, NY 11213
Free HIV testing will be provided.
To help stop HIV in NYC, remember to:
Get Tested – In addition to all the free testing locations listed above, you can also call 311 or text ‘testNYC’ to 877-877 to find local testing sites at any time throughout the year.
Get treated – If you are living with HIV or know someone who is living with HIV, get medical care. The sooner you begin treatment, the less HIV will damage your body. And if you take your HIV medications as prescribed, you are much less likely to pass HIV to your partners. For help finding care in NYC, text ‘CARE’ to 877-877.
Get Educated – Learn about the basics of HIV and AIDS in your local community.
Get Involved – Host an event, speak out, or volunteer with a local community organization that is working to combat HIV. Visit NYC Health’s HIV/AIDS information pages to learn more about HIV.
Stay Safe—Condoms provide excellent protection against HIV, other sexually transmitted infections and unintended pregnancy. NYC Health distributes free condoms in over 3,500 locations throughout the five boroughs of NYC. Click here for more information about free NYC Condoms.