Perspectives: Update Women and HIV
Worldwide, women make up half of the 34 million people with HIV infection, and HIV is the leading cause of death among women of childbearing age. In the United States, one out of every five new HIV diagnoses is given to a woman. Even though women have been significantly affected by HIV for decades, the importance of the impact of HIV on women has often been overshadowed by the larger number of cases among men.
The good news is that over the last few years, the number of new HIV infections among women in the United States has declined by 21 percent. The bad news is that some populations of women, most notably Black women, continue to experience extremely high HIV rates. This issue of Perspectives will explore which groups of women are most affected by HIV, examine some of the factors that put women at risk for infection, and discuss ways of removing barriers women face when accessing HIV prevention, testing, treatment, and care.