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National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day
National HIV/AIDS Women and Girls Awareness Day

Thursday, March 10th is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross will be taking part by hosting a “Girls Night Out” event on Friday, March 11th.  This event is being held in conjunction with the Community Action for Prenatal Care Project-Buffalo Prenatal/Perinatal Network and Kaleida Health Women and Children’s Hospital of Buffalo-Parents and Children Together Clinic.

HIV/AIDS affects nearly 280,000 women in the United States, and research shows that when compared to men, women face gaps in access and care.  National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is a nationwide observance coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.

The Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross began providing HIV/AIDS services and education to the community in the 1980’s.  The HIV/AIDS Services Department offers several free, confidential programs year-round, including the Women’s HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care Initiative, which provides HIV/AIDS prevention education to women who are at high risk of infection, and offers one-one-one support to women who are living with HIV/AIDS.

In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the Greater Buffalo Chapter will be hosting “Girls Night Out, Part 2” on Friday, March 11th.    This free event includes dinner and a showing of the Tyler Perry movie, “For Colored Girls”, as well as a discussion about women, trauma, and healing facilitated by Dr. Lorraine Peeler.  In addition, the Planned Parenthood of WNY Medical Mobile Unit will be on hand, offering STD screening and HIV testing, pregnancy testing, and gynecological exams. 

For more information about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness day or the HIV/AIDS Services department at the Greater Buffalo Chapter, please contact Monica Brown, Director, HIV/AIDS services at 878-2394 or brownmon@usa.redcross.org, or visit www.buffaloredcross.org.

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