Over half of people living with HIV in the U.S. are estimated to be out of care, and studies show these statistics may be even worse for women living with HIV. Research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that race, gender, and geography play a key role in health outcomes for HIV-positive people — women are getting sicker and dying faster of HIV; especially Black women and Latinas; and particularly if they are living in the South or rural areas.
Women’s medical care and support service needs are unique. Achieving the best health outcomes for HIV-positive women requires care that is non-stigmatizing, holistic, integrated, gender-sensitive, upholds positive women’s rights and dignity, is peer-based and is culturally relevant.
PWN-USA Tools and Resources:
- PWN-USA Women-centered Care factsheet (PDF version)
- Affordable Care Act Priorities: Opportunities for Addressing the Critical Health Care Needs of Women Living with or at Risk for HIV, 30 for 30 Campaign and Treatment Access Expansion Project, July 2012
- Being a Woman Just Got a Little Easier: How the Affordable Care Act Benefits Women, July 2012, Families USA
- Sevelius J, et al. HIV/AIDS Programming in the United States: Considerations Affecting Transgender Women and Girls, Women’s Health Issues, 2011 March
- Meditz A, MaWhinney S, Allshouse A, et al. Sex, race, and geographic region influence clinical outcomes following primary HIV-1 infection. Journal of Infectious Diseases. 2011 Feb 15;203(4):442-451.
- Armstrong WS, del Rio C. Gender, race and geography: do they matter in primary human immunodeficiency virus infection? Journal of Infectious Diseases, 2011 Feb 15;203(4):437-438.