Tuesday, March 10, 2009

National Women/Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day



Today is National Women/Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and I am rocking the Red Pump!
It's a nationwide initiative to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls and encourages ladies to take action.


For all my Chicago ladies (and gents):

Happy hour on March 10th to raise money and awareness for the Chicago AIDS Women Project at Plush Lounge (1104 W. Madison) from 6:30-8:30.


If you don't know where your nearest testing center is, you can always visit HIVTest.org


Some facts:


HIV/AIDS & Minority Women
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HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.

HIV is:

*the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.

*the 3rd leading cause of death for black women aged 35–44 years.

*the 4th leading cause of death for black women aged 45–54 years.

*the 4th leading cause of death for Latina women aged 35–44 years.

*The only diseases causing more deaths of women were cancer and heart disease

*The rate of AIDS diagnosis for black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women

*In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%

2 comments:

Torrance Stephens - All-Mi-T said...

great icon

Red Pump Project said...

Thanks you SOOOOO much for participating in the RED Pump Project! We appreciate you and the other female bloggers for being a part of this initiative to raise awareness on the effect of HIV/AIDS on Women & Girls. Much Love!

Luvvie

P.S. If you're rocking red pumps today, you can upload a picture to the Red Pump Project Flickr group at http://www.flickr.com/groups/redpumpproject/

Luvvie