“…Slightly more than 40% of the women did not know the HIV status of their last sexual partner–more than 40% of our participants had an annual household income of $10,000 or less”
In the United States
– Women account for one in five new HIV diagnoses and deaths caused by AIDS.
– The proportion of AIDS diagnoses reported among women has more than tripled since 1985.
– Approximately one in four people living with HIV infection in the U.S. are women.
– The vast majority of women diagnosed with HIV (86%) contracted the virus through heterosexual sex
– African Americans constituted 63% of women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2013
– African Americans and Hispanics represent 28% of all women in the U.S. but they account for 80% of HIV cases among women
– African-American women have an HIV prevalence rate nearly three and a half times that of white women
Around the Globe
– Worldwide, women constitute more than half of all people living with HIV
– For women in their reproductive years (ages 15–49), HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death
– Women are at least twice more likely to acquire HIV from men during sexual intercourse than vice versa
– A study in South Africa found that young women who experienced intimate partner violence were 50% more likely to have acquired HIV than women who had not experienced violence
– In 2014, 73% of pregnant women living with HIV received effective antiretroviral medicines to prevent the transmission of HIV to their children
– In sub-Saharan Africa, women constitute 58% of all people living with HIV
– In 2014, 62% of all new HIV infections among adolescents occurred among adolescent girls