By Lindsay Steele
Despite my excitement for finally having a National Strategy to combat HIV/AIDS, I find that there is a largely notable hole in the plan …
As the Strategy focuses on men who have sex with men (MSM), Blacks and Latinos, I can’t help but notice that there is one group that is overlooked: WOMEN — and more specifically, black and transgender women. Although the Strategy does touch upon women as a whole, there are not sections that speak to these two specific groups. This is so important because these two groups are highly at-risk … Let’s let the numbers speak for themselves:
- New infections among Black women are 16 times that of white women (according to the Kaiser Family Foundation).
- About 28 percent of male-to-female transgender women were HIV positive (according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).
Now how can we overlook these groups in our attempt at reducing HIV-related health disparities? We have to take a stand for women just as the Strategy does for other at-risk groups!
We have created the new Until There’s A Cure SAVE OUR SISTERS campaign with hopes of increasing awareness for HIV/AIDS in women and, in turn, decreasing HIV-related health disparity for this at-risk group.
16 million women are infected with HIV/AIDS worldwide. Until there’s a cure, we need to SAVE OUR SISTERS.
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