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 You see, we live in a society that thinks AIDS is obsolete.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:
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