Research and Recommendations Address the Gender Divide
About one in four adults or adolescents living with an HIV/AIDS diagnosis in the United States are women, according to the CDC. Women of color, especially black and Latina women, are disproportionately affected compared to women of other races/ethnicities.
Some good news: In the past year, more research has been published that addresses the intersections of gender-based violence, trauma and vulnerability to becoming HIV positive. The Federal Interagency Working Group on the Intersection of HIV/AIDS, Violence against Women and Girls released an important set of policy recommendations to address the health and rights of women living with HIV, especially those affected by violence. But without additional funding directed toward carrying out the working group's recommendations, what's to come of this important work remains to be seen.
Rod McCullom has written and produced for ABC News, NBC and FOX, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, EBONY, POZ and many others. Read his blog at Rod 2.0.
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