The Chicas Con Fuerza program of the Orange County Bar Foundation (OCBF) targets at-risk Latinas, ages 11-14, in Santa Ana, CA. Chicas provides a comprehensive prevention model for Latinas who are at-risk for HIV infection, delinquency and other high-risk behaviors, including unprotected sexual activity and substance use. Chicas Con Fuerza is an after school program that consists of life skills, mentoring, health education on HIV/AIDS, women's health including pregnancy, and substance abuse. Most importantly, youth receive life and coping skills to prevent the risks of gang involvement, HIV contraction and substance use.
National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2014 -
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 25 percent of the teens and adults diagnosed with HIV in the United States each year are women - and thousands of women and girls do not know they are infected with the disease.
That's why the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health will sponsor the ninth annual National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Monday, March 10, 2014.
According to O.C. Health Care Agency's HIV/AIDS Surveillance and Monitoring Program 2012 HIV/AIDS Fact Sheet, as of December 31, 2012, there were an estimated 6,876 persons living with HIV disease (PLWHD) in Orange County. Of those persons living with HIV disease, 831 are women living in Orange County and 41.6% are Hispanic.
In our effort to promote Healthy Youth in Santa Ana, the Orange County Bar Foundation hosted a Health & Resource Fair with their collaborative partners in honor of the National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on Saturday, March 8th. Free Rapid HIV Testing was provided; See our Health Fair video to learn more about Rapid HIV Testing.
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