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In honor of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day today, TheBody.com’s news editor Kellee Terrell wrote a comprehensive guide on how HIV affects women. In “Women and HIV/AIDS: Not Just a Man’s Issue Anymore,” she writes about how much has changed since AIDS was first called Gay-related immune deficiency (GRID). Here are some sobering facts about women and HIV/AIDS:

According to the CDC, women now account for 25 percent of new HIV/AIDS cases in the U.S. Of those women living with HIV/AIDS, about four out of every five women and girls are African American or Latina, although these two groups make up fewer than 25 percent of females in the United States…

According to the UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS, women account for 47 percent of all people living with HIV around the world and they account for half of all new infections occur among women.

She promotes the HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Women on TheBody.com as a guide to inform women and all interested about what they need to know about the disease ranging from treatment differences in women and men; pregnancy and planning information; dating and relationships advice; and disclosure tips.  Check out the basic facts, profiles on women facing the disease bravely, breaking news, and the free downloadable brochure HIV and Me: A Woman’s Guide to Living With HIV.

As always, think globally and act locally to bring awareness to the epidemic.