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Notice to Readers: National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day --- March 10, 2008

March 10 is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. In 2005, women accounted for 26% of newly diagnosed acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) cases (1), compared with 11% in 1990 (2). Of an estimated 9,708 women and adolescent girls who had human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS diagnosed during 2005, the majority (80%) had become infected through high-risk heterosexual contact, and 19% had become infected through injection-drug use.

Black women were especially affected by HIV/AIDS. In 2005, 66% of the new HIV/AIDS diagnoses in women occurred in black women, compared with 17% in white women and 14% in Hispanic women (1). HIV was the third leading cause of death for black women aged 25--44 years and the fourth leading cause of death for Hispanic women aged 35--44 years (3). Additional information on HIV/AIDS among women and girls is available at and


  1. CDC. Cases of HIV infection and AIDS in the United States and dependent areas, 2005. HIV/AIDS surveillance report. Vol. 17 (revised). Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2007. Available at
  2. CDC. Current trends AIDS in women---United States. MMWR 1990;39:845--6.
  3. CDC. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS). Leading causes of death reports, 1999--2005. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC. Available at

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Date last reviewed: 3/5/2008


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