KB and Luvvie got together to encourage a fab group of women bloggers to participate in The Red Pump Project, which is dedicated to educating people about how the HIV/AIDS epidemic affects women.
Please use this day to share this important information with the women in your life.
Most importantly make sure your little sisters and cousins know the importance of using condoms. That's right, I said tell KIDS to use condoms. Don't sugar coat it. Life's sad reality is that children are having sex and while trying to protect their innocence, we may be keeping vital life-saving information from them.
If you have time peep some heavy-hitting statistics about U.S. women and HIV/AIDS. Based on this statistics the story reads like this to me:
Women are affected more than ever before and black women are affected more than that.
*There are approximately 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS in the U.S. & almost 280,000 are women
*HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for black women (including African American women) aged 25–34 years. (Um, that's my demographic).
Women are more likely to find the disease late and receive more ineffective treatments
*Among those who are HIV positive, 35% of women were tested for HIV late in their illness (diagnosed with AIDS within one year of testing positive)
*According to a CDC study of more than 19,500 patients with HIV in 10 US cities, women were slightly less likely than men to receive prescriptions for the most effective treatments for HIV infection
Minority women and GIRLS are the most at-risk group.
*The rate of AIDS diagnosis for black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women
*In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%.