Maine CDC Press Release

March 9, 2012

Maine CDC Joins Promotion of HIV / AIDS Awareness

March 10 is Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

AUGUSTA – Organizations throughout the state have united to provide testing events and have planned outreach efforts to highlight HIV/AIDS and the impact it has on Maine’s women and girls.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s HIV, STD, and Viral Hepatitis Program are working together with community agencies statewide to coordinate events, in recognition of Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, March 10.

“This is an extremely important event and it should remind us that HIV does not discriminate,” said Dr. Sheila Pinette, Director of the Maine Center for Disease Control. “In fact, women make up one quarter of all new HIV infections in the country. Getting tested should be a part of routine health care since early diagnosis and care leads to longer and healthier lives.”

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day focuses stresses that HIV/AIDS is not gender-biased and focuses on health. Testing for HIV will help women and girls know their health status and provide them with opportunities for appropriate care. Being fully informed about HIV will help women and girls learn if they are at risk and learn how to protect themselves.

For more information about events in your area, please visit mainepublichealth.gov/hiv or contact Emer Smith at emer.smith@maine.gov.