Wg02March 10, 2006 marks the first annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  This day is set to raise awareness on the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS transmission on women and girls. 

Did you know?
• Of the estimated 944,306 Americans that have been
diagnosed with AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic
through 2004, 178,463 of those occurred in adult/
adolescent females. Black and Hispanic women account
for roughly 79 percent of reported cases, and Asian/
Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaska Native women
comprise nearly one percent of those cases.

• The proportion of AIDS diagnoses among women, especially
among women of color, has increased since the beginning
of the epidemic. Women represent 27 percent of new AIDS
diagnoses in 2004,3 compared to only 11 percent of new
AIDS cases reported in 1990.

• Black and Hispanic women accounted for 81 percent of
new AIDS diagnoses in 2004 among women.

• Women of color account for 80 percent of all women
estimated to be living with AIDS, with Black women making
up 64 percent of the total alone.

• Women across racial/ethnic groups most commonly report
heterosexual contact or injection drug use as their
primary modes of exposure to HIV.

• HIV/AIDS was the leading cause of death among African
women ages 25–34 and the third leading cause
for ages 35–44 in 2002. HIV/AIDS was also the fourth
leading cause of death for Hispanic women ages 35–44.5