This Saturday is a day many of us here at the Red Cross have marked on our calendars. No, I'm not talking about the start of Daylight Savings Time (actually, I'm planning on talking about that tomorrow!). March 10th is also National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office on Women's Health. It helps organizations across the country come together to offer support, encourage discussion, and teach women and girls about prevention of HIV, the importance of getting tested for HIV, and how to live with and manage HIV/AIDS.
It's interesting that this observance comes smack in the middle of Red Cross Month, considering that our local Chapter has been providing HIV/AIDS prevention education and services since the 1980's. Just one of the programs we coordinate is the Women's HIV/AIDS Prevention & Care Initiative, which aims to reduce the rates of HIV infection in women of color. In fact, our HIV/AIDS Services Department is starting a new workshop series called "SISTAS", or Sisters Informing Sisters about Topics on AIDS. The group will meet for five straight Mondays, starting March 12th, to have fun and discuss HIV/AIDS educational information. Contact Nadia Pizarro at (716) 878-2164 for more information about the workshop.
If you'd like to learn more about National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, click here. And don't forget to change the batteries in your smoke detectors while turning back your clocks!! (Don't worry, we'll talk more about that tomorrow!!)