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Mar 10, 2010

National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Hello Queens! Today is National Women & Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day! So you know I rock the red pump, and I had to post a pic of these bad azz Valentino Couture Bow d'Orsay pumps, with a hefty 2 month's worth of car notes with a price tag of $695.00!

Anyway here is a list of facts as it relates to Women and HIV/AIDS. The facts below demonstrate how HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest threats to women and communities today and shows the urgent need for more concerted focus and resources on women needs in the fight against this dreadful disease.

Ten Facts on Women and HIV/AIDS

  1. Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.
  2. In the USA, African American and Hispanic women account for 80 percent of AIDS cases, even though they represent less than one fourth of all women.
  3. AIDS is the leading cause of death for African-American women aged 25 to 34. Globally, HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age.
  4. In 2007 Sub-Saharan Africa had 12 million women living with HIV and AIDS, compared to about 8.3 million men.
  5. UNAIDS have estimated that around three quarters of all women with HIV live in Sub-Saharan Africa. The whole of the developing world accounts for 98 percent of HIV positive women.
  6. Biologically women are twice more likely to become infected with HIV through unprotected heterosexual intercourse than men.
  7. UNAIDS say that at the end of 2007 there were an estimated 2 million children (under 15 years) living with HIV, most of whom were infected by their mothers.
  8. In 2006, prevention of mother to child transmission [PMCT] drugs reached only 3 in 10 of HIV - infected pregnant women in Eastern and Southern Africa, and only 1 in 10 in West and Central Africa
  9. In 2008, around 430,000 children under 15 became infected with HIV, mainly through mother to child transmission. 90% of MTCT infections occur in Africa
  10. A comprehensive course of treatment can cut the risk of MTCT to below 2%
Protect yourself make condoms a part of your sexual health, and get tested annually!

Stay Blessed and Know Your Status!

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