Save the DATE: March 10, 2014 ( and every March 10 hereafter!)
Do we need a reason to wear red pumps? Maybe and maybe not....
NOW, we have your attention, let's talk about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and girls.
On March 10, the United States will recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD).
Launched by the Office of Women’s Health, NWGHAAD is 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.
Why is it important to learn as much as we can about HIV/AIDS?
HIV/AIDS in the United States
- There are currently 1.1 million adults and adolescents in the United States living with HIV.
- Approximately 1 in 6 people (15.8%) who are infected with HIV do not know that they have been infected
- Top ten states with the highest rates HIV/AIDS diagnosis are California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Georgia.
- 1 in 139 women will be diagnosed with HIV/AIDS at some point within their life.
- Every 47 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the U.S.
- The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39.
- HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but accounted for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.
- There are 34,000 young people living with HIV/AIDS in the United States
- There are 1,000 new HIV cases among youth every month
- Youths accounted for 25% (12,200) of new HIV infections in 2010. Of these, 57% were among blacks/African Americans, 20% among Hispanics/Latinos, and 20% among whites
simple things you can do.....
- Wear Red Pumps (or shoes of any type!) to stand in solidarity with those affected by the epidemic.
This is my picture from last year!
- You can follow the Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RedPumpProject
- You can post on Instagram - Tell why you #RocktheRedPump in 15 secs or less with an Instagram video. Tag the Instagram account (@RedPump) and use the hashtag!
- Learn about it, talk about it
I ask you to join the 2014 Rock the Red Pump® (#RocktheRedPump) Campaign! I did in 2013 and I am back!!!