Tuesday, March 10, 2009

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Today, March 10th, is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

Marvelyn Brown, author of The Naked Truth: Young, Beautiful, and (HIV) Positive, has been telling her story to high school and college students across the country in an effort to change these frightening statistics*:
  • In 2005, women represented 26 percent of new AIDS diagnoses, compared to only 11 percent of new AIDS cases reported in 1990.
  • Most women are infected with HIV through heterosexual contact and injection drug use.
  • Women of color are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS.
  • AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34.

Marvelyn, not promiscuous and not a drug user, contracted HIV after unprotected sex with her Prince Charming. Rather than give up, however, Marvelyn found a reason to fight and a reason to live: working with numerous HIV/AIDS outreach groups to tell young women how to protect themselves.

Please let us know if you are interested in having Marvelyn speak to your students.

Marvelyn's public-service announcement for Think MTV won an Emmy Award.

*Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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  2. Hi,

    1 in 4 sexually active teenagers become infected with an STD every year, in the United States alone. Now, more than ever, we need to join together to fight this growing issue. As I read through your website, it is clear that you share the same passion for STD/STI awareness. We here, at Disease.com, understand the importance of STD/STI prevention and treatments. If you could, please list us as a resource or host our social book mark button, it would be much appreciated. We can not reach every teenager, but together we can try.
    If you need more information please mail me with the subject line as your URL.

    Thnak You,
    Sharon Vegoe

  3. Opportunistic infections are caused by germs that are around us all the time but which can normally be fought off by a healthy immune system. Once the immune system is sufficiently weakened, such infections will develop and produce any of a wide range of symptoms - some of them very severe. Certain cancers also become more common when the immune system is weakened.

    Such symptoms, however, cannot themselves be interpreted as definite signs of HIV infection or AIDS. A diagnosis of aids complications requires signs of severe immune deficiency, which cannot be explained by any factor except HIV. This generally requires an HIV test.

  4. Some people who become infected with HIV do not notice any immediate change in their health. However, some suffer from a brief flu-like illness within a few weeks of becoming infected, or develop a rash or swollen glands. These symptoms do not indicate the development of AIDS, and they usually disappear within a few days or weeks.