Women's History Month 2018
As we celebrate Women's History Month, we know that almost 1,000 young women are newly infected with HIV every day, and that they are up to 14 times more likely to be infected with HIV compared with young men. The U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) is committed to changing these statistics, especially with our DREAMS partnership that helps girls develop into Determined, Resilient, Empowered, AIDS-free, Mentored, and Safe women.
The U.S. government has invested more than $750 million in DREAMS programs to reach over 2.5 million adolescent girls and young women with services and support. In the 10 original DREAMS-supported countries, nearly two-thirds of the highest-HIV-burden communities achieved a 25 to 40 percent or greater reduction in new HIV diagnoses among young women, with new infections declining in almost all DREAMS intervention districts. And thanks to DREAMS, nearly 6,000 adolescent girls and young women have received pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for preventing HIV infection. Recently, five more PEPFAR-supported countries began implementing DREAMS programming.
This year, as we mark PEPFAR’s 15 Years of Saving Lives through American Generosity and Partnerships, we celebrate the important progress we have helped girls and young women make through our work in more than 50 countries. In the spirit of Women’s History Month, we also recommit to partnering with them as they write their own AIDS-free future.