Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Did you know that every 35 minute a woman tests positive for HIV in the U.S? Did you also know that AIDS is now the leading cause of death for Black women ages 25 to 34. And my home state of New York has the highest number of women living with AIDS – 22,532. This is no joke people and that is why the Red Pump Project was born. The Red Pump Project is now a national initiative that is doing work on the ground and online to ensure that women are empowered with knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the issues surrounding it. There is currently 30 ambassadors in 20 states “Rocking the Red Pump” to raise awareness about the impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls. There is plenty that we can do to change these statistics. I started by joining other women and rock the RED PUMP.
For more information on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, you can visit www.womenshealth.gov/NWGHAAD.
To find out free HIV testing centers in your area, check out HIVtest.org.