Women and HIV/AIDS
In the United States
- Women account for one in four new HIV diagnoses and deaths caused by AIDS.
- The proportion of AIDS diagnoses reported among women has more than tripled since 1985.
- The vast majority of women diagnosed with HIV contracted the virus through heterosexual sex.
- African Americans constituted 64% of women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2009.
- In 2005, girls represented 43% of AIDS cases reported among people aged 13 to 19.
- African Americans and Hispanics represent 26% of all women in the U.S. but they account for 82% of AIDS cases among women.
- African-American women have an HIV prevalence rate nearly 15 times that of white women.
Around the Globe
- Worldwide, women constitute more than half of all people living with HIV/AIDS.
- For women in their reproductive years (15–49), HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death and disease worldwide in 2009.
- Women are at least twice as likely to acquire HIV from men during sexual intercourse as vice versa.
- A study in South Africa recently suggested that nearly one in seven cases of young women acquiring HIV could have been prevented if the women had not been subjected to intimate partner violence.
- In 2010, 48% of pregnant women living with HIV received effective regimens to prevent new HIV infections among children.
- In Sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 59% of all people living with HIV/AIDS. Among young people aged 15-24, the HIV prevalence rate for young women is at least three times that of young men.
These are statistics we see growing. Notice ‘heterosexual’ infections and the number of new infections are rising dramatically. Protect yourself and get tested regularly.
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