State Health Department Urges Greater HIV/AIDS
Education, Awareness for Women & Girls
CHICAGO –HIV/AIDS remains a serious public health
issue for women and girls. In Illinois, more than
7,000 women and adolescent girls are living with HIV.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) joins
healthcare advocates nationwide urging education and
testing on National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS
Awareness Day, observed every March 10th since 2006
“Increasing awareness and access to resources is key
for women and girls, and for all populations that are
vulnerable to HIV/AIDS,” said IDPH Director Dr. LaMar
Hasbrouck. “Today, women represent a larger share of
HIV infections than earlier in the epidemic—please
get tested, and tell your friends to get tested for
Nationwide, women and girls made up two-thirds of
people who got the disease through heterosexual sex.
In Illinois, 18 percent of diagnoses of HIV infection
were among women and girls aged 13 years and older in
2010. Women and girls of color—particularly black
women and girls—are disproportionately affected. In
2010, the rate of HIV diagnoses for black women and
girls in Illinois was nearly 21 times higher than the
rate for white women and girls and approximately six
times higher than the rate for Latinas.
IDPH continues to foster community engagement and
resources promoting HIV testing and educational
programs through BASUAH (Brothers and Sisters United
Against HIV/AIDS, www.basuah.org), which is geared
toward communities of color in Illinois.
IDPH also facilitates access to free HIV testing
locations through its Text2Survive mobile locator
service. Text IL and a ZIP Code to 36363 in English,
or text “centro” plus the ZIP Code to 36363 to
receive the information in Spanish. Also visit
idph.riproad.com for a full list of HIV/AIDS
education and awareness events being held statewide.
For more information, please call the IDPH HIV/AIDS
and STD hotline at 1-800-243-2437 and visit the IDPH