Nearly half of women reported they had never discussed their reproductive health with a doctor and more than 25% were unaware of the severe risks of sexually transmitted infections, according to a recent Yale School of Medicine study. The data, published in the journal of Fertility and Sterility shines a real light on the challenges of engaging women in conversations around sexual and reproductive health.
This new study illustrates for us, just how essential it is to help women and girls learn more about their sexual health. And with March approaching, so too does National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Annually observed on March 10, the HHS Office on Women’s Health (OWH) leads the effort to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls, and encourages them to get tested, know their status, and help prevent new infections. This year, OWH is also encouraging women and girls who are HIV-positive to get proper care and treatment.
Of the 1.1 million people in the US living with HIV, one in four is a woman 13 or older. Unfortunately, about 27,000 women do not know they have the disease.
As we look toward National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, March 10, we would appreciate your help with spreading the word about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls and encouraging them to be aware of their status. With the proper care and treatment, women and girls with HIV can live longer, healthier lives.