Gay Men's Health Crisis launched its Women's Institute to concentrate its efforts and explore new approaches to HIV prevention, particularly for women of color.
African Americans accounted for 67 percent of estimated female AIDS cases, but only 13 percent of the U.S. female population. Latinas accounted for 15 percent of estimated AIDS cases and 14 percent of the female population.
Human Rights Watch released a report called, "A Test of Inequality: Discrimination Against Women Living With HIV in the Dominican Republic." The report stated that women in the Dominican Republic were being routinely subjected to involuntary HIV testing, and those who tested positive were fired and denied adequate health care. LaShawn Jefferson, executive director of the Women's Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, said: "In the Dominican Republic, many women suffer double discrimination, both as women and as people living with HIV. This kind of discrimination only helps to fuel HIV/AIDS. Unless the Dominican government takes measures to address this core problem, it will find it difficult to combat the epidemic."