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Women Living With HIV Launch Human Rights Survey; Call for Integrating Sexual and Reproductive Health Services With HIV Services to Address Epidemic Among Women

This Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, HIV-Positive Women in the U.S. Reflect and Recommit to Upholding the Human Rights of Millions of Women Affected by HIV Around the World.

March 10, 2010

Please take the survey and spread the word!

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day 2010 comes just weeks after the United Nations announced that HIV is the leading cause of death among women globally.

In the U.S., a woman tests positive for HIV every 35 minutes, and nearly one-third of all domestic HIV infections are among women -- up from 8% in 1987. AIDS continues to be the leading cause of death among African-American women ages 25 to 34. Yet the general perception is that women are not vulnerable to contracting HIV -- and women are dying as a result.

Multiple members of the U.S. Positive Women's Network (PWN), a national membership body of women living with HIV in the United States, have personal experience with this issue. "Everyone is at risk for HIV," says Demetra Tennison, Peer Educator at Women Rising Project in Austin, TX. "But many providers don't perceive women as being at risk or are uncomfortable talking about it. I told my doctor that my husband was positive, and he didn't offer me a test. I was diagnosed late and got into care late, because of a missed opportunity on my physician's part."

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Comment by: Rozelle Garcia (Roanoke Rapids NC) Thu., May. 27, 2010 at 3:19 pm EDT
It is great that these there is some awareness in the big city but in rural urban communities there is a great need to educate the poublic and try to eradicate stigma.
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Comment by: melissa (lake worth,fl) Tue., May. 25, 2010 at 11:04 am EDT
hi my name is melissa.i resently found out about IVF for women with HIV im 43yrs old.In 1994 i gave birth to a healthy little girl,till this day i have longed for more children.now that i know its possiable.i need help achivieing my dreams.is there a way of contacting me?
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Comment by: Susan Brown (USA) Thu., Mar. 18, 2010 at 12:52 am EDT
Thank you for stressing the many opportunities we have to obtain testing through our regular annual visits. I wish more Doctors would open up and counsel their patients and let them know how easy it is to just take the test, get piece of mind, and early treatment if needed.
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Comment by: happy shipley (philadelphia, pa) Wed., Mar. 17, 2010 at 2:02 pm EDT
thank you for this inspiring article. it has propelled me to start a grass roots letter-writing campaign to bring HIV awareness and testing right where it belongs - integrated into routine gynecological services.
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