Health District observes National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, March 10 – Southern Nevada Health District

LAS VEGAS – To commemorate National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Thursday, March 10, the Southern Nevada Health District will provide free express HIV testing from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the clinic in sexual health, 280 S. Decatur Blvd. Visit the sexual health clinic page on the health district website for information on sexual health services.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is an opportunity to support women and girls living with HIV and encourage others to get tested for HIV. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), for every 100 HIV-positive women, 90 knew their HIV status.

While HIV diagnoses among women decreased by 7% between 2014 and 2018, the decline varied by race and ethnicity. Hispanic and Black/African American women continue to be more affected by HIV than their white counterparts.

Testing is an opportunity for women and girls to know their HIV status so they can take action to protect their health. Routine testing is recommended for women who are at high risk of infection. The health district also offers free home testing for HIV, chlamydia, and gonorrhea through its Collect2Protect program. The kits are available on the health district‘s Collect2Protect page and offer a convenient and private testing option.

According to the CDC, only 7% of women who could benefit from pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) were prescribed the drug in 2018. PrEP is a drug that can be given to people who do not have HIV but who are at high risk of infection. infection. PrEP can prevent getting infected with the virus. For more information on women and PrEP, visit the CDC’s Let’s Stop HIV Together webpage.

Early diagnosis is essential for people living with HIV so that they can benefit from antiretroviral treatment (ART). ART lowers blood levels of HIV, reduces HIV-related illnesses, and lowers the risk of transmitting HIV to intimate partners. With ART, people with HIV can stay healthy for many years.

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