Every year, the United States recognizes March 10th as National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). It’s a nationwide initiative to raise awareness about the increasing impact of HIV/AIDS on women & girls and encourages ladies to take action. While progress has definitely been made in the areas of AIDS prevention and treatment, women still represent 27% of all new AIDS diagnoses, with African-American women accounting for 66% of that group. This year focuses on this statistic, “Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.”
In observance of this day, The Red Pump Project is asking bloggers to participate in the third annual “Rock the Red Pump™” campaign: 500 in 50. They have a goal of getting 500 blogs and they have 50 days to do it. And I'm going to help them!
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Key Snapshot of the U.S. Epidemic Today:
- Number of new HIV infections, 2006: 56,300
- Number of people living with HIV/AIDS: 1.1 million, including more than 468,000 with AIDS
- Number of AIDS deaths since beginning of epidemic: 583,298, including 14,561 in 2007
- Percent of people infected with HIV who don’t know it: 21%
- There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
- In 2006, there were 15,000 new HIV infections and 9,801 AIDS cases diagnosed among women
- There were 3,784 deaths among women with AIDS in 2006
- Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
- HIV is the 5th leading cause of death in women in the United States, ages 25-44
- High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women
- According to a CDC study of more than 19,500 patients with HIV in 10 US cities, women were slightly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for the most effective treatments for HIV infection
- Women with AIDS made up an increasing part of the epidemic. In 1992, women accounted for an estimated 14% of adults and adolescents living with AIDS in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. By the end of 2005, this proportion had grown to 23%
- From the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, almost 86,000 women have died of AIDS and AIDS-related complications
- The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39
- New York has the highest number of women living with AIDS – 22,532
- Seven of the 10 states with the highest case rates among women are in the South
- The rate of women in D.C. infected with HIV/AIDS is nearly 12 times the national average
HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but account for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.
HIV is the:
- Leading cause of death for Black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years.
- 3rd leading cause of death for Black women aged 35–44 years
- 4th leading cause of death for Black women aged 45–54 years4th leading cause of death for Latina women aged 35–44 years
- The only diseases causing more deaths of women are cancer and heart disease
- The rate of AIDS diagnosis for Black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women
- In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%.
These statistics were from The Center for Disease Control’s website and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Fact Sheets (which cited the CDC). You can get more information about the effect of the epidemic from these sites.
P.S. We’d appreciate if you could tweet and/or post messages on Facebook about the “500 in 50″ campaign and why you’re fighting AIDS. This will help us spread the message about the campaign and encourage your networks to join in too! Don’t forget to include the hashtag #500in50!