COLUMBIA -- The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control and its community partners will observe the first National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10, the agency announced today.
The new national annual observance reflects a focus on the increasingly significant impact of HIV/AIDS among women. In the United States, women, particularly African-Americans and other minorities, are suffering from a rising rate of HIV infection, and AIDS is one of the leading causes of death among women ages 25-44 years.
“In South Carolina, the number of women living with HIV/AIDS almost doubled between 1995 and 2004,” said Lynda Kettinger, DHEC’s STD/HIV Division director.
Statistics for South Carolina also show: