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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

About Women and HIV:

  • Every minute, one woman is infected by HIV.
  • Approximately half (49%) of all adults living with HIV are women.
  • HIV infection rates among women aged 15-24 are twice as high as in young men.
  • HIV is the leading cause of death in women of reproductive age.

About Pregnant Women and HIV:

  • Women are often diagnosed after they become pregnant.
  • Almost half (43%) of HIV-positive pregnant women lack access to medications to prevent HIV transmission to their child.
  • Every day, 1,700 infants become infected with HIV, 90% of these new infections as a result of mother-to-child HIV transmission.

About Addressing HIV in Women:

  • With access to prevention interventions (e.g., condoms) and able to negotiate and employ safer sex and other practices with their partners, women can avoid acquiring HIV.
  • Tested and linked to care, women living with HIV can live healthy and productive lives.
  • By providing pregnant women living with HIV access to certain medications during pregnancy and labor (and to their newborns in the first hours after birth), we can reduce the rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission from 25% to less than 1%.

 

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP

Women:

  • Educate yourself about the risks of acquiring HIV and employ safer sex and other practices with your partner(s). Click here for a list of useful HIV prevention education links.
  • If you are living with HIV:
    • Select a healthcare provider who is qualified to provide you with evidence-based care and treatment, and encourage her/him to access critical information about your needs. Click here for a list of useful HIV medical education links you can share with your provider.
    • Become an informed member of your HIV care team so that you can actively participate in clinical management decision-making. Click here for a list of useful, patient-friendly education links.

Care Providers:

  • Access HIV prevention and/or clinical management evidence-based guidance related to women, click here to access a variety of clinical guidelines and recommendations.
  • Learn more about the clinical management of women living with HIV, including those of child-bearing age. Click here to access a variety of medical education sites, including IAPAC’s myHIVclinic web portal.
  • Remain up-to-date regarding the continuum of HIV care, including prevention and treatment interventions, by joining an association of HIV care providers, such as IAPAC. Click here to join IAPAC, or click here for a list of national, regional, and international associations.
  • Support IAPAC’s efforts as we advocate the needs of HIV-affected women and ensure their care providers deliver proper care, treatment, and support. Click here to make a donation today.

Everyone:

  • Advocate on behalf of women at risk for and those living with HIV/AIDS by writing to your government officials and communicating the importance of funding for and programs specific to the needs of women. Click here for a list of HIV advocacy organizations.
  • Support the efforts of non-profit groups such as IAPAC as we address the needs of HIV-affected women and ensure their care providers deliver proper care, treatment, and support. Click here to make a donation to IAPAC today.

 

 
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