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Economic Justice Talking Points

April 19, 2011

2.1% of heterosexuals, 18-50 years old, living in high-poverty urban areas in the U.S. are living with HIV.

-- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

76% of women with HIV had a child under the age of 18 in their homes.

-- HIV Cost Services and Utilization Survey

64% of women living with HIV receiving regular medical care had annual incomes under $10,000 compared to 41% of men.

-- HIV Cost Services and Utilization Survey

For many women living with HIV, an HIV diagnosis has been a sentence to a lifetime of poverty.

Economic Justice is necessary to address the HIV epidemic among U.S. women. HIV‐positive women around the globe carry the heaviest economic burden. As primary caretakers within the family, women have the responsibility of attending to the needs of their partners, parents, children, and increasingly, grandchildren and grandparents. If a woman is HIV-positive, she will often attend to her own needs only after taking care of those who depend on her -- sometimes at a cost to her own health. Family responsibilities play a key role in women's ability to take care of their own health.


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