National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is observed annually to highlight the impact of HIV/AIDS on women and girls. In 2013, one out of five new HIV infection diagnoses were among women and girls over the age of 13. HIV/AIDS remains a significant health issue for women and girls, who comprised 23% of the people living with HIV in the United States in 2011.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), African American and Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV. The rate of HIV infection among African American women remains the highest among all women – 19 times that of white women, and 4 times that of Latina women. There have been encouraging trends about HIV among women: The rate of HIV diagnoses among adult and adolescent women decreased from 8.3 per 100,000 in 2009 to 6.9 per 100,000 in 2013, due in part to a 21% reduction in the number of HIV infections among African American women from 2008 through 2010.
Here are resources, including many freely available fact sheets, that you can use to learn about HIV/AIDS and its impact on women and girls.
Here are some titles we have in the Library (for more titles, search our catalog here)
For a brief introduction to this issue, see the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Women and HIV/AIDS in the United States
For a longer introduction, see:
For statistical introductions, see:
For considerations of HIV/AIDS and pregnancy/reproductive justice, see:
For considerations of HIV/AIDS among African American Women, see:
For additional resources, contact the AIDS Library of Philadelphia FIGHT.