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March 10 is National Women and Girls with HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Date:3/9/2010

National Women’s Health Information Center, PERSONONALABS.com, Recommends Testing

Fort Myers, FL (Vocus) March 9, 2010 -- More than 15.7 million women are HIV positive world-wide. In fact one in four HIV infected people is female. Every 35 minutes a woman in the United States is diagnosed with HIV. These statistics underline the critical need for women and girls to be tested. As the numbers continue to grow, HIV follows only heart disease and cancer as the leading cause of death among women. Although there is no cure for HIV, the virus that leads to AIDS, early detection can improve quality of life through medical treatments that can lead to long-term health.

“Many times women don’t think they are vulnerable to HIV or AIDS because it has traditionally been associated with homosexual males,” says Edward Salko, Jr. D.O., founder of PERSONALABS.com. “Women represent the fastest growing number of new infections with African American women in first place.”

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) states that HIV among black women (including African Americans and Hispanics) is greater than among all men except black men.

“The only way to stop the spread of HIV is to be tested, and if you are positive, to stop spreading the disease,” says Salko. “Most people do not spread HIV on purpose. Knowing your status can help you make informed decisions.&rdquo
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