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African-American Women Leaders Urge Obama to Target Black Women in National AIDS Strategy

December 17, 2009

African-American women in leadership positions in business, academia, media, and other fields gathered last month at a conference in Washington to discuss how the National AIDS Strategy (NAS) could best address the specific needs of black women. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women ages 25-34, but these women are "rarely focused on as a group," said the coalition, which was organized by the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS (NBLCA).

African Americans "remain notably absent from public policy and resource-allocation decisions affecting communities of African descent nationwide," said C. Virginia Fields, NBLCA's president and CEO.

The women made NAS policy recommendations that fell under three broad themes: reducing HIV incidence, expanding access to care, and reducing HIV-related health disparities. Their suggestions were:

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