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National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Day

Did you know 1 in 4 people living with HIV in the United States is female?  Only about half of women living with HIV are getting care, and only 4 in 10 of them have the virus under control. 

March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.  HIV and AIDS can be confusing.  But you can learn how to stay safe and healthy – and help your friends and family. 

Facts women need to know about HIV:

HIV infection can happen to women of any race, ethnicity, age, or sexual orientation

Women are more likely to get HIV during vaginal sex than men

Only an HIV test can let you know your status

Under the Affordable Care Act, you may be able to get tested for HIV & receive counseling at no cost to you

Protect yourself by using a condom correctly every time you have vaginal, anal, or oral sex

Women and girls with HIV may have no symptoms for years

Facts girls need to know about HIV:

HIV is a type of sexually transmitted disease (STD), also known as a sexually transmitted infection (STI)

About 1 in 4 teens (ages 14 – 19) has an STD

If you are HIV-positive, you can live a longer, healthier life and help prevent HIV from becoming AIDS. 

For more information on HIV, STD, or STIs contact one of the below agencies: 

SC HIV/AIDS Council                                 Richland County Health Department

2000 Hampton St.                                       518 Pickens St.

Columbia, SC 29204                                   Columbia, SC 29201

803.576.2900                                                803.254.6644

  • South Carolina HIV/AIDS Council
    Our best weapon against the spread of HIV/AIDS is an informed community. Through education, we’re working to reduce the number of new cases while improving the quality of life for those who are already infected. Through education we can change attitudes and behaviors because it isn’t enough to treat those infected with HIV/AIDS, we must also work to reduce the number of those infected. Knowledge is truly power in the battle to decrease the spread of HIV/AIDS. It is all about what you know.