Wednesday, March 16, 2011

"We're Not Dolls! Don't Play With Women's Lives!"

On Thursday, March 10 (National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day), teams of volunteers and staff distributed HIV prevention materials to thousands of New Yorkers.  Despite the rain and wind, these teams were outside in five locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, talking to people about testing, safer sex and GMHC's services, particularly for women.  After the outreach effort, the teams gathered at GMHC to share about their experiences.  Most of the team members were struck by people's reactions to the signs they wore which had current and alarming statistics about HIV, women and girls in NYC such as:
  • One in three New Yorkers living with HIV is a woman
  • 90% of women living with HIV are Black or Hispanic
  • 94% of teenage females living with HIV are Black or Hispanic
Many thanks to our volunteers and staff for their enthusiasm and help.  For more information about HIV/AIDS statistics on women and girls in NYC, please click here.

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