By Nina Abubakari, MPH, MBA, JD, FACHE
This month, in addition to being Women’s History Month is also the month where National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is recognized and celebrated; And, rightfully so.
Much discussion of late is centered on women’s empowerment. Empowerment comes from being armed with awareness and information to make the decisions in one’s own best interest and that is what this month is all about.
While much has been gained in the area of awareness and management of HIV/AIDs, there is still much to do and a level of responsibility that everyone must maintain.
According to published reports, an estimated 37,600 Americans became newly infected with HIV in 2014. From 2008 to 2014, the estimated number of annual HIV infections in the U.S. declined 18%. In 2016, 39,782 people were diagnosed with HIV in the U.S. Gay and bisexual men, particularly young African American gay and bisexual men, are most affected.
Advantage Health Centers is proud to offer HIV testing and counseling, along with other services to address women’s health. Knowing matters as does responsible sexual behavior, regardless of one’s age, sexual preference or relationship status.
While this month is dedicated to the issue of HIV/AIDS awareness, it is one that should be at forefront every month of the year.
For more information or an appointment to get tested, call Advantage Health Centers today at (313) 416-6262.