HIV/AIDS: The Disproportionate Impact on Women of Color in the U.S.

On January 10, 2006, the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), Society for Women’s Health Research, and Women’s Policy, Inc. presented a briefing titled: HIV/AIDS:  The Disproportionate Impact on Women of Color in the U.S. The briefing was held in the Rayburn House Office Building.

In the U.S., African American/Black and Hispanic/Latina women account for more than three-fourths of new AIDS diagnoses among women, despite representing less than one-fourth of the nation’s female population. The panel members discussed current research and shared experiences relevant to understanding this major health disparity and to devising strategies to address it.

Featured Panelists

* Lynn Paxton, M.D., M.P.H., Leader, Antiretroviral Prophylaxis and Microbicides Team, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, provided an overview of the epidemiology of HIV/AIDS among women and girls both in the U.S. and globally;

* Adaora Adimora, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, discussed the disparate impact of HIV on African-American women;

* Karina Walters, M.S.W., Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Social Work, University of Washington, Seattle, addressed the role of substance use in the HIV epidemic among women of color, with a focus on Native American women;

* Cynthia A. Gómez, Ph.D., Co-Director, Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, and Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, discussed barriers to prevention, care, and treatment services, including issues of language, citizenship status, family status, and cultural resistance; and

* Karina Andrea Danvers, M.A., Director, Connecticut AIDS Education and Training Center, Yale School of Nursing, discussed her experiences as an HIV-positive woman of color working as an AIDS educator in Connecticut.

Additional Supporting Organizations

*AIDS Action, *The AIDS Institute, *Alliance for Microbicide Development, *American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, *American Psychological Association, *American Social Health Association, *Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, *Black AIDS Institute,
*Community Education Group, *Global Campaign for Microbicides, *HIV Medicine Association, *Ibis Reproductive Health, *Infectious Disease Society of America, *International Partnership for Microbicides, *National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors, *Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH), *Reproductive Health Technologies Project, *The Well Project, *Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.

*AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, *American Medical Women's Association, *The Balm in Gilead, *Center for Women Policy Studies, *Community HIV/AIDS Mobilization Project, *Guttmacher Institute, *Institute for Women's Policy Research, *Jacobs Institute of Women's Health, *National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, *National Association of Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health, *National Association of People With AIDS, *National Council of Negro Women, *National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health