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This Wednesday is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, and since women now account for one-third of all new HIV cases in D.C. [PDF], well, it’s really important that we all become aware of this, post-haste! So this week, activists are hosting a variety of events around the D.C. area in an effort to encourage HIV prevention among women and girls. Even if you’re not a women’s health nerd like myself, the roster of activities may have something for you: Refreshments! Interactive Facebooking! A star of White Men Can’t Jump, after the jump!

What: “Standing United Against HIV/AIDS: Confronting the Impact on Women and Girls,” a lunch lecture featuring speakers like Tina Tchen (Executive Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls) and Dr. Howard Koh (Assistance Secretary of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services). RSVP to Lynn Shaull at 202-434-8003 or lshaull@NASTAD.org.

When: Tomorrow, March 9, 12:30 to 3 p.m.

Where: Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 562, First and C streets NE.

Bonus: If Koh isn’t your bag: The discussion will be moderated by Rosie Perez!


What: The “HHS Office on Women’s Health National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event at the National Press Club,” a press conference (register online here).

When: Wed., March 10, 12 to 5 p.m.

Where: National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW.

Bonus: Totally free lunch!


What: “REPP: Remind, Encourage, Protect, Prevent,” a spoken-word poetry night featuring “DC’s finest poets, spoken word artists, female DJs and MCs” taking on the question of “why women and girls must remind each other, encourage each other and our partners and protect ourselves from HIV.” Plus: The world premier of REPP PSA ‘The Promise Ring.'”

When: Thursday, March 11 from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Where: The Women’s Collective, 1331 Rhode Island Ave. NE

Bonus: Program host the Women’s Collective promises “refreshments, giveaways, and prizes(!!!)”


What: “Chasing Waterfalls,” a program hosted by the Black Women’s Health Imperative that will provide “An Artistic Showcase and Conversation about Young Black Women and HIV/AIDS.”

When: March 11 from 6 to 8:00 p.m.

Where: Tabaq Bisro, 1336 U Street, NW.

Bonus: Beyond the TLC-inspired programming? Interactive Facebooking! If you log onto the event’s Facebook page and post a “creative HIV/AIDS awareness message,” your “message may be featured in a collaborative poem performed by our featured artists.”


What: “S.O.S: Saving Our Sistas from HIV/AIDS,” a “skill-building summit” for women ages 13-29 (Sign up here).

When: Sat., March 13

Where: The ARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave SE.

Bonus: If you can’t make it down to the ARC: “Event will conclude with a Town Hall Meeting that will be streamed live via the Internet and include panel interactions from Facebook and Twitter.”

photo via Jayel Aheram, Creative Commons Attribution License 2.0