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Health district plans AIDS awareness event

POSTED: March 11, 2009 11:43 a.m.
The Coastal Health District is joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in celebrating National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. On Thursday, the Coastal Health District’s HIV/AIDS services program will host an “Empowering Women and Girls Against HIV/AIDS” event where women and girls will be able to:
• Learn information on transmission and prevention of HIV and AIDS infection.
• Have the opportunity for discussion with a peer advocate, who will share her experience.
• Be tested for HIV.
The day is an initiative to raise awareness of the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. Families, health organizations, businesses, communities, the government and individuals will come together to provide support, encourage discussion and educate women and girls about preventing infection and the importance of getting tested.
“In our Coastal Health District, which covers the eight counties along the coast of Georgia, including Liberty County, 76 percent of the HIV/AIDS female cases are among girls and women aged 15-44,” said Raimi Ewetola, epidemiologist for the HIV/AIDS services program. “It is so important for people to be tested for HIV because we are currently seeing 30-35 percent of our patients coming into our clinic, already in the later stages of AIDS. There may have been more treatment options available to them, had they been tested earlier.”
For more information about HIV/AIDS among women and girls, go to www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD/planning-materials/.  
To find county and state statistics about HIV/AIDS, go to www.womenshealth.gov/quickhealthdata.  
To learn more about empowering women and girls against  HIV/AIDS, call 484-1885 or visit www.gachd.org

 

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