For a long time, HIV was believed to be a white, gay man's disease, with women accounting for a mere 7 percent of new HIV diagnoses in 1985. HIV is now a serious issue for women. Women account for almost 30 percent of new diagnoses, and HIV is the number one killer of African-American women ages 25-34. Let's make sure that HIV among women is a topic that gets the seriousness it's due.
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"HIV was commonly referred to as a drug user's disease. It was commonly associated as a gay disease," Shana remembers. Shana herself didn't do drugs, and she had not had many sexual experiences, but she was not a fan of condoms. Shana, a full-blooded Native American, had been adopted at birth into a highly educated family; but, when an older man lied to her about his status, she began her journey with HIV.
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Women, we're nurturers by nature. And so when we're sick we put it on the back burner to take care of other people. We were infected with HIV, but we were taking care of our loved ones, and the majority of them are males who were infected," says Monique Howard, Executive Director of New Jersey Women and AIDS Network.
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