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On 10 March of every year, the US recognizes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. This day was launched by the Office of Women’s Health as a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.
- There are currently 1.2 million people in the United States living with HIV.
- Approximately 1 in 8 people who are living with HIV are unaware of their status.
- In 2015, there were more than 39,000 new HIV diagnoses in the United States.
- Top ten states with the highest rates HIV diagnosis are California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia.
- There are approximately 1.2 million people living with HIV in the U.S. and almost 280,000 are women
- 1 in 139 women will be diagnosed with HIV at some point within their life.
- Heterosexual sex is the source of 87% of new infections in women.
Get tested. It’s important to know your status for your protection as well as for the safety of your partners, family, and friends.
So, today, I #ROCKTHEREDPUMP to show my support for my sisters who are living with HIV/AIDS.
The Red Pump serves as a symbol of empowerment representing the strength and courage of women affected by HIV/AIDS.
ABOUT THE RED PUMP PROJECT
From The Red Pump Project
THE RED PUMP PROJECT uses red shoes to get your attention, and while we have it, we want to talk about the HIV epidemic, to empower and educate and to decrease the stigma around with this topic.
The goals of The Red Pump Project are to:
- Start and drive conversation about the epidemic so people can think critically about it
- Decrease stigma attached to the epidemic, taking the silence out of it
- Provide a platform for women to talk about their connection to the epidemic
- Educate women with information about HIV so they can make better decisions with their bodies
- Support women impacted by HIV to remind them that they are not alone
If you can, join me in rocking your favorite pair of red shoes!
Know your status and take care of you,