Today, about one in four people living with HIV in the United States are women 13 or older.
- One in four people living with HIV infection in the United States are women.
- One in five Newly Diagnosed individuals are women.
- By race/ethnicity, black/African American transgender women have the highest percentage of new HIV-positive test results.
- Most new HIV infections in women are from heterosexual contact (84%).
- Only about half of women who are diagnosed with HIV are in care.
- Only 32% of the women in care are virally suppressed.
- African American and Hispanic/Latina women continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV.
- 66% are African American women
- 18% are White/Caucasian women
- 15% are Latin women
- Women, especially trans-identified women face unique HIV risks such as:
- Being unaware of their partner’s sexual behaviors
- Fear of discussing/advocating for their rights in sexual encounters involving condom use and risk reduction measures
- Women also face unique challenges that can prevent them from getting HIV care and addressing these issues remains critical to achieving an HIV/AIDS-free generation.
- In 2015, 1,820 women, ages 15-75, had a rapid HIV test at Callen-Lorde, representing 27% of all patients tested for HIV during that year. Of these 1,820 women, 708 were trans-identified (39%) and 1,112 were cis-identified (61%)
- 35 of these women reported it being their first ever HIV test
- 9 women were newly diagnosed with HIV, and 8 of them (89%) chose to subsequently link to care at Callen-Lorde
- Although trans-identified women made up well under half of all women tested at Callen-Lorde in 2015 (39% of the total), they accounted for 100% of all new HIV+ diagnoses among women
WE CAN DO BETTER.
In observance of National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, Callen-Lorde will host a series of free empowering and educational events to raise awareness, provide resources, and share support:
10:00am – 5:00pm:
- Free walk-in HIV testing sessions with our Prevention & Outreach Providers
- Counseling and education on HIV/STI prevention and treatment strategies
- Free safer sex materials (condoms, lube, etc.)
- Information/consultations on nPEP and PrEP, including ways to access these new methods to prevent HIV
6:00PM – 7:30PM:
A screening of the documentary “SHE & HIV” with an empowerment discussion featuring Prevention and Outreach Providers Linda Li and Nala Toussaint.
Stop by, get involved and spread the word. Together, we are greater than AIDS.