"One in four people with HIV in the United States are women or girls over the age of 13."

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- March 10, is officially National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day.

This day focuses on the continuing efforts to raise awareness and encourage women and girls to get tested and know their status.

According to the Florida Department of Health, Florida's HIV/AIDS cases are growing at an alarming rate.

Florida is ranked third in the U.S. in AIDS cases and second in the nation of HIV cases.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health not only want to encourage women and girls to find out their HIV/AIDS status but also motivate those who are HIV positive to get the proper care and treatment necessary to possibly reach viral suppression.

OWH will engage in a social media Thunderclap to create the attention necessary to make a profound statement on this ongoing epidemic.

Free Screenings and Awareness Events Scheduled Monday:

Monday, March 10, 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.
1393 Kings Rd
Jacksonville, FL 32209

Important Links:

HIV/AIDS Facts

Office on Women's Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Take Charge. Take the Test. (Campaign to encourage African American women to get tested)

Frequently asked questions regarding HIV/AIDS

Testing makes us STRONGER

Northeast Florida HIV and STD Testing Centers:

Planned Parenthood of North Florida Incorporated
Central Clinic

Florida Department of Health
Duval County Health Department
South Jacksonville Community Health Center

Minority AIDS Coalition of Jacksonville Incorporated

Sulzbacher Center
Hugh H Jones Medical and Dental Building

Florida Department of Health
Duval County Health Department
West Jacksonville Community Health Center

Jacksonville Area Sexual Minority Youth Network Incorporated

River Region Human Services Incorporated
HIV AIDS and Prevention

River Region Human Services Incorporated
HOPE Project

Florida Department of Health
Duval County Health Department
Central Health Plaza

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