HIV is a Women’s Issue

In case you haven’t noticed, I’m big on making posts about HIV/AIDS. Not only because it’s been the center of my professional life for a good many years but also because it’s a topic I am passionate about. You see, we live in a society that thinks AIDS is obsolete. We think it’s nothing to worry about anymore because 1) we have life-saving drugs, 2) it’s mostly an African problem.

AIDS is not obsolete.

Did you know that according to the World Health Organization (WHO), HIV/AIDS is the number one killer of women of childbearing age (15-44) worldwide?

Did you know that every 35 minutes a woman in the United States tests positive for HIV?

Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans living with HIV is a woman?

Did you know that today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day?

There is so much about HIV/AIDS that relates specifically to females (whether cis or trans). We are at risk of HIV because of our biology and our economic and social statuses in society. We are different in terms of how we live with HIV/AIDS. We are different in terms of what HIV/AIDS medical treatment we should receive. Even pregnancy and breastfeeding is different for us if we’re living with HIV/AIDS. Even if we’re not infected, we’re usually the caretakers of our family members who are infected.

To read more about Women and HIV, please take a look at these links:

Poz Magazine’s March 2010 issue

The Body (Women and HIV section)

Womenshealth.gov

Remember, this is a

  • Health issue
  • Social Justice issue
  • Domestic Violence  issue
  • Economic issue
  • Feminist issue
  • Mothering issue
  • Children’s issue
  • Family issue
  • Civil Rights issue
  • Human Rights issue
  • OUR issue
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Posted on March 10, 2010, in HIV/AIDS. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Thx for the post. I did not know it was an awareness day. I take care of many moms with HIV at work. Unfortunately, one of the surrounding counties has the highest rate in our state. The lack of education is quite sad. Again, thx

  2. Thanks for posting this. It’s shameful to me that HIV gets marginalized as a problem for the “other,” whoever that may be.

    I had no idea it was the number one killer of women of childbearing age. That’s really sobering.

  3. thanks for the message and sharing these resource links. we have to wake up

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