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YWCAs to Observe National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th
Date:3/9/2009

New Public Service Ad Aimed at Young Women

WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire/ -- YWCAs across the country are joining the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health in observing National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day on March 10 by hosting a variety of activities, such as educational sessions, HIV testing events and community outreach.

National Women and Girls HIV and AIDS Awareness Day aims to raise public awareness of the impact of HIV and AIDS on women and girls, and also encourage them to understand their HIV risk factors, take actions to prevent HIV infection, get an HIV test and, if infected, seek prompt medical care that can help them keep them healthy.

Moreover, since AIDS is a leading cause of death for younger Black women ages 25 to 34, as well as the fourth leading cause of death for Hispanic women ages 35 to 44, YWCAs will be observing this day to raise public awareness of the disproportionate impact HIV and AIDS has on them.

"HIV and AIDS are taking a terrible toll on women of color. We have just released a new public service advertisement (PSA) that aims to motivate younger women to prevent infection and get an HIV test," said Lorraine Cole, PhD, YWCA USA's CEO. "We also want to encourage all women to talk to their friends about getting tested and stop the spread of this deadly disease in their communities." Go here to view the new PSA ad.

The YWCA USA also maintains an online women and girls HIV and AIDS Resource Center at www.ywca.org.

YWCA is a national not-for-profit membership organization dedicated to social service, advocacy, education, leadership development, and racial justice. Its mission is the elimination of racism and empowerment of women. Established in the United States in 1858, the YWCA is the oldest and largest national women's organization, and now celebrating its 150th anniversary. Through its nearly 300 affiliated local YWCAs and its headquarters in Washington, D.C., the YWCA serves 2.5 million women and girls each year. Globally, the YWCA USA is a member of World YWCA, which has affiliates in 122 countries that serve 25 million women and girls worldwide.


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