Best Defense is a Good Offense: Protecting Women and Girls from HIV

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense, calls women to take effective steps to protect themselves and others from HIV.
Recent progress shows reductions in the number of HIV diagnoses among women and in the disparity in HIV diagnosis rates for African American women, compared to rates for Hispanic/Latina and white women. From 2010 through 2014, annual HIV diagnoses decreased 20% among all women, driven by a decline of 24% among African American women. However, more than 7,000 women aged 13 and older received an HIV diagnosis in 2015, and African American women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
Today’s powerful treatment and prevention strategies can further improve these numbers and accelerate progress to reduce HIV infections and help women who are living with HIV stay healthy. Biomedical prevention options such as early treatment with antiretrovirals for people living with HIV, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), and improved testing techniques can help reduce the impact of HIV among women. But not everyone who needs these tools is getting them. Only half of all women who are living with HIV have achieved viral suppression (i.e., have a low enough level of the virus to stay healthy and greatly reduce their chance of transmitting HIV to others).

Providing effective prevention, testing, and treatment messages through Act Against AIDS, a national communications initiative that focuses attention on HIV through campaigns such as Doing It, which is designed to motivate all adults to get tested for HIV and know their HIV status. For those who are living with HIV, HIV Treatment Works provides resources to help them stay healthy.

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