Letter From the Editor
For years at the outset of the AIDS epidemic, women's risks and women's needs were almost always overlooked. People claimed at first that AIDS was a disease of gay men and male injecting drug users and thus that women weren't much at risk -- even though little research was being done to find out if that was really true. Then it was said that not many women actually had AIDS even as one of the most common HIV-related diseases in women, invasive cervical cancer, was excluded from the list of AIDS-defining illnesses until 1993. And on the relatively few occasions that women's risks were seriously discussed, the focus was all too often on women as "vectors of transmission," be it from sex workers to their clients or mothers to their babies.
The AIDS world has come a long way in its recognition of the unique issue facing women, but the need for more information and discussion never ends. We are glad in this issue to have the opportunity to foster this discussion by covering a wide array of topics specifically relating to "Women and Families." Articles include profiles of the organization Mother's Voices as well as of Women's Caucus of the International AIDS Society. This issue also includes an introduction to the book Women, Families, and AIDS and short articles on research into women's risks. This month's "Psychologically Speaking" column talks about an HIV-positive woman's battle with loneliness. The issue rounds out with discussion of couples, including a research study about couples of mixed HIV status.
As we settle into the long stretch of winter with this issue, all of us at BP hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. Be sure to keep warm 'til Spring!
P.S. Regular readers may have noted that our issues have been delayed since September 11, after which our offices were closed for some time. To better reflect the actual time that this issue will be published, we have dated it "January/February" but will resume our normal publication schedule in March. Subscribers will be credited with an extra month.
Back to the January/February 2002 issue of Body Positive magazine.
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